Ryan Gosling Sings About the Struggles of Being Ken in the Latest 'Barbie' Trailer

Greta Gerwig's Margot Robbie- and Ryan Gosling-starring 'Barbie' movie now includes a hilarious Ken musical number.
Sarah Ward
Published on July 11, 2023

There is no "just Ken" in the Barbie realm. IRL, there wouldn't be a Ken at all if Barbie hadn't become a hit toy first. And in the live-action movie that's about to see both dolls hit the silver screen, Ken is very much — and very comically — an offsider. Wondering how the plaything that Ryan Gosling (The Gray Man) is bringing to life feels about that? In the latest trailer for Greta Gerwig's Margot Robbie-starring Barbie, the beach-loving figure belts out a song to explain what it's like to be the man behind the tan.

Barbie is now just over a week from hitting cinemas — as one part of the unofficial Barbenheimer double, given that Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer also releases on the same day — and it's still dropping sneak peeks. The latest is all about La La Land's Gosling crooning in a series out eye-catching outfits, and across a range of playful backdrops. So, yes, just with singing, it's firmly a trailer for a film that is having a whole lot of fun with its toybox-to-screen setup.

The new clip follows not one, not two, but three other glimpses so far, all with ample lashings of pink, and showing that life in plastic mightn't be as fantastic as it seems. Also featured across the promotional campaign to-date: giant blowout parties with planned choreography, Ken's constant devotion, existential musings, and a trip to the real world for answers when the Barbie movie's main namesake realises that she no longer float off of her rooftop — and also that her usually arched feet have become flat.

Marking actor-turned-director Gerwig's third solo stint behind the camera after Lady Bird and Little Women, and not only starring but produced by Babylon's Robbie, Barbie looks set to show that even dolls living in a dreamland struggle with life's big questions — and, yes, even Ken.

Splashing as much humour as pastel hues throughout its frames, Barbie is scripted by Gerwig and fellow filmmaker Noah Baumbach — her helmer on Greenberg, Frances Ha, Mistress America and White Noise, and real-life partner — and boasts a cast that's a gleaming toy chest of talent. Plenty of those on-screen stars help fill the feature with Barbies, including Issa Rae (Insecure) as president Barbie, Dua Lipa (making her movie debut) as a mermaid Barbie, Emma Mackey (Emily) as a Nobel Prize-winning physicist Barbie, Alexandra Schipp (tick, tick... BOOM!) as an author Barbie and Ana Cruz Kayne (Jerry and Marge Go Large) as a supreme court justice Barbie — plus Nicola Coughlan (Bridgerton) as diplomat Barbie, Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) as a Barbie who is always doing the splits, Hari Nef (Meet Cute) as doctor Barbie, Ritu Arya (The Umbrella Academy) as a Pulitzer-winning Barbie and Sharon Rooney (Jerk) as lawyer Barbie.

There's also a whole heap of Kens beyond Gosling's singing, yearning version, including Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami), Ncuti Gatwa (the incoming Doctor Who) and Scott Evans (Grace and Frankie).

And, Michael Cera (Arrested Development) plays Alan, Emerald Fennell (The Crown) plays Midge, Helen Mirren (Shazam! Fury of the Gods) is the narrator, America Ferrera (Superstore) and Ariana Greenblatt (65) are humans, Jamie Demetriou (Catherine Called Birdy) is a suit, Will Ferrell (Spirited) wears a suit as Mattel's CEO and Connor Swindells (Sex Education) is an intern.

Check out the latest trailer for Barbie below:

Barbie releases in cinemas Down Under on July 20, 2023.

Published on July 11, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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