Barbie has her on-screen Ken.
According to an exclusive Deadline report this afternoon, Ryan Gosling is "in final negotiations" to play Mattel's iconic Ken doll in Warner Bros.'s forthcoming Barbie movie.
"Given his busy schedule, Gosling initially passed on playing the part, but insiders add that as pre-production dragged out and the studio remained persistent with him being their only choice, an opening in his schedule appeared, allowing him to sign on," the outlet explained. "With Gosling close to signing on, the film looks to be on the verge of a greenlight, and the hope would be to shoot at the top of 2022."
Margot Robbie is attached to star in the titular Barbie role, with three-time Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig signed on to direct as of July. Gerwig co-wrote the screenplay with Noah Baumbach.
Gosling is also co-starring with Chris Evans and Bridgerton breakout star Regé-Jean Page in Netflix's big-budget action thriller The Gray Man, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, expected next year.