“Barbie”: Ryan Gosling’s Ken unveiled in a new photo

“Barbie”: Ryan Gosling’s Ken unveiled in a new photo

Thank goodness, then, for a clip from the film that Warner Bros. published Wednesday on an unprepared audience – a shot of a Ryan Gosling as Barbie’s tanned, toned, plastic boyfriend Ken. (CNN and Warner Bros. Pictures share parent company Warner Bros. Discovery.)

Gosling fans, moviegoers and casual Twitter users have a visceral reaction to the image of the Canadian actor, who stars alongside Margot Robbie’s Barbie. This is the first official image of Gosling as a character made famous in Toy Alley.

According to the photo, Gosling has transformed into the quintessential Ken: his skin is tinged orange and he shows off eight-pack abs and bleached blonde hair. His underpants inexplicably bear his own name, and he wears a sleeveless denim vest with no shirt in front of a pink Pepto-Bismol background. Son Ken is a Malibu boy through and through.

But in terms of plot, the photo is all we have (along with a photo of Robbie posing in character with a pink convertible). Will Barbie get tired of Ken’s shirtless, vapid ways? Will Ken prove to his beloved Barb that he’s more than an absurd amount of abdominal muscle? Or will Ken conspire against Barbie and become the villain of her story?

Margot Robbie's Barbie, notably photographed without her handsome Ken.
The large cast adds to the mystery of what the film could possibly be – it includes comedians like Issa Rae and Will Ferrell as well as rising stars Hari Nef and Ncuti Gatwa. Some of the many cast members are said to be playing alternate versions of Barbie and Ken. But will one of them be Skipper?

Fans will have to wait until July 21, 2023, the movie’s release date, to find out what Barbie, Ken and Will Ferrell are up to.

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