Ken from Barbie is known to sport many great runway looks, not to mention his character appearance in Toy Story 3 as a villain who had a closet filled with model-worthy outfits to fit in front of Barbie. With the live-action Barbie, director Greta Gerwig promises that Ryan Gosling as Ken has ‘many extraordinary looks’ fans can anticipate once it comes on the big screen.
One of the ‘early looks’ we actually see of Ryan Gosling’s Ken is his light blonde hair with the complete orange-tanned body, wearing a rugged denim outfit from head-to-toe, as well as his own underwear brand with the name ‘KEN’ on its band — presenting the close-to-perfect ensemble to depict Barbie’s Ken.
Speaking with Variety, Gerwig teases that the Barbie costumes of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling that had been leaked online are ‘not even close’ to all the outfits Ken will be wearing in the film. Check out her full quote below:
“I’m thrilled. That is how I felt and how Margot felt and I’m thrilled that everyone shares that feeling. I really, I couldn’t say, but it’s a lot — it’s a lot, it’s a lot.”
Greta Gerwig is famously known for writing and directing Little Women (2019) and Lady Bird (2017), and is now helming Barbie with frequent collaborator Noah Baumbach. The live-action Barbie will also feature Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, Simu Liu (Shang Chi), Rhea Perlman, America Ferrera, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ncuti Gatwa, Emerald Fennell, Sharon Rooney, and Scott Evans.
With Gerwig steering the wheel for live-action Barbie, there is no question the Barbie film will empower the audience in a different light, as proven in her previous works, especially when it comes to reframing characters, and in this case, we may get to see a more nuanced version of Barbie in this live-action.
Barbie is set to premiere on July 21, 2023.