AceShowbiz - Margot Robbie's "Barbie" has seemingly found her Ken in Ryan Gosling. The actor is close to landing the male lead role in the upcoming Warner Bros. and Mattel movie as he is reportedly in final negotiations to star in the film.
According to Deadline which first reported the casting news, Gosling initially passed on taking on the part because his schedule was already busy. However, as pre-production dragged out and the studio was adamant with him being their only choice, an opening in his schedule appeared, allowing him to star in the movie.
Gosling will star opposite Robbie, who signed on to portray the title character in early January 2019, after other actresses, Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway, who were previously cast in the lead role, departed the project. "The Wolf of Wall Street" star is also set to produce the movie under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner.
"Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child's journey to self-discovery," Robbie said in a statement at the time. "Over the brand's almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president."
"The Suicide Squad" actress added of being part of the film, "I'm so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can't imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen."
Greta Gerwig was later confirmed to serve as director in July this year. She also signed on to write the script along with Noah Baumbach.
Plot details are still kept under wraps, but it will reportedly center on Barbie being expelled from Barbie Land for failing to live up to expectation.
Robbie previously teased that her portrayal of Barbie would not present the doll as simply a cute blonde. "It will be something totally different... a little left of center...," she told The Hollywood Reporter. Our goal is to be like, 'Whatever you're thinking, we're going to give you something totally different - the thing you didn't know you wanted.' "
Production on the movie is set to begin in early 2022 at WB's Leavesden Studios in London, with a planned 2023 theatrical release.