KEY POINTS

  • The “Barbie” live-action movie will feature multiple versions of Barbie and Ken
  • Issa Rae and Hari Nef will also play the iconic doll aside from Margot Robbie
  • Ryan Gosling, Simu Liu and Ncuti Gatwa will portray three versions of Ken

Barbie will seemingly get the “multiverse” treatment in the upcoming live-action adaptation since Margot Robbie will not be the only one portraying the iconic doll. 

Kyle Buchanan of the New York Times took to Twitter Wednesday to share exciting tidbits about the highly anticipated project. Among the “incredible” spoilers he shared was the idea that there would be multiple versions of Barbie in the film. 

“Margot Robbie is not the film’s only Barbie. Issa Rae and Hari Nef play different Barbies,” he claimed in one tweet

In another tweet, he shared that there would also be multiple versions of Ken. Aside from Ryan Gosling, Simu Liu and Ncuti Gatwa will also give life to Barbie’s partner, based on what he heard from insiders. 

Warner Bros. dropped the first official teaser for the movie featuring Robbie as the titular character at CinemaCon last month. The snap, which also circulated on social media, quickly received positive responses as fans voiced their joy at the thought that Hollywood would finally come up with a faithful adaptation. 

The tidbits that Buchanan shared may change the perspective of many fans about the project. However, Collider pointed out that having multiple versions of Barbie and Ken will make the film more interesting since it opens the doors to endless possibilities. 

The outlet also noted how the project might tackle how Mattel came up with multiple dolls celebrating people of all shapes, sizes, genders, and ethnicities through the years. 

Story-wise, the outlet claimed the movie might bank on a storyline in which Robbie’s Barbie will go through an identity crisis after discovering that she isn’t the only Barbie in the universe. 

The “Barbie” live-action movie has been shaping to be a star-studded project after the announcement last month that Will Ferrell will be portraying a CEO of a toy company in the film. 

In March, child actress Ariana Greenblatt joined the cast, but her character was not disclosed. Other cast members include Kate McKinnon and America Ferrera. 

Greta Gerwig, the director of “Lady Bird” and “Little Women,” will be helming the project. She will also pen the script alongside Noah Baumbach. 

“Barbie” will hit theaters on July 21, 2023. 

Margot Robbie Margot Robbie, who is dressed in Chanel Haute Couture, is pictured attending the EE British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 10, 2019 in London. Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images