Upcoming ‘Barbie’ Movie Shares 1st Look at Ryan Gosling as Ken

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For one of the most anticipated movies of 2023, Barbie producers are giving fans sneak peeks of its star-studded lineup. We’ve already seen Margot Robbie, who is both producing and starring as the iconic, titular doll. Now, we finally get to see exactly what her Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, looks like.

At CinemaCon in April, Warner Bros. shared a shot of Robbie in her infamous Barbie get-up and hot pink convertible, but now we see Gosling looking all sorts of Extreme Makeover for his part as Ken. If you like tanned and shirtless, you’re gonna want to come along for this ride.

Fans have been reacting to his, um, look since the images became available:

In the now-viral pic, Gosling rocks a denim vest, platinum blond hair, side smirk, and, lest we not forget, the peep of his underwear with “Ken” emblazoned on it.

The film’s supporting cast includes more exciting actors, including Issa Rae, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, and everyone’s favorite Marvel superhero, Simu Liu, in yet-to-be-revealed roles.

Regardless of who Liu is playing, it seems he and Gosling are making sure not a hair is out of place (or visible to the naked eye) for the film. The Kim’s Convenience star described waxing his entire body to get ready for Barbie, saying it was “one of the most painful experiences of my life,” adding, “I have such a newfound admiration for the incredibly brave women who go through this on a monthly basis.” Bless.

For her part, Robbie is thrilled to bring some much-needed positivity to the big screen, especially being directed by Greta Gerwig (Little Women and Lady Bird). “With that come[s] a lot of exciting ways to attack it,” Robbie told British Vogue. “People generally hear ‘Barbie’ and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t…’”

For now, it seems, she has Ken by her side, and they look ready for action.

Barbie’s theatrical release is set for July 21, 2023.

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