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Meet the guys playing Ken in the new Barbie movie

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July is about to become home to one of the most culturally significant cinematic releases of the year. Of course, we’re talking about Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, which is an ode to the iconic Mattel doll.



Margot Robbie dazzles on-screen as the titular toy, along a bright cast of other Barbies, who each embodies a different one of the hundreds of jobs the character has held over the years.


Insecure creator, Issa Rae plays President Barbie, singer Dua Lipa makes her big-screen debut as Mermaid Barbie and Saturday Night Live alum Kate McKinnon plays ’80s aerobics-inspired Barbie.



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And what is a Barbie without her Ken? Ryan Gosling was confirmed back in 2021 for the role. And just like the ladies, there will be multiple versions of Ken in the movie too! In honour of the new ‘Just Ken Exclusive’ released by Warner Bros. Pictures, here are the actors playing Ken in Barbie.




Ryan Gosling – ‘He’s Just Ken.’

Gosling was the first actor announced for the role. Multiple trailers show Gosling flaunt his washboard abs and platinum blonde hair in the role. Along with a number of costume changes and a solo musical number.

Ryan Gosling as Ken // WARNER BROS



Ncuti Gatwa – ‘Ken Again!’

Gatwa has become a trailblazer in the industry. He is best known for his role as Eric in Netflix’s popular drama series, Sex Education. But he will take on one of the biggest roles in pop culture history as the fifteenth actor to play the Doctor in Doctor Who. Because of this, we’re certain he will not disappoint in his role as Ken.

Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa plays Ken, too // WARNER BROS



Simu Liu – ‘He’s Another Ken’

Liu skyrocketed to stardom after he entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2021 as the titular character in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. And yes, there is an upcoming sequel. Many may also remember him in the Netflix sitcom, Kim’s Convenience.

Simu Liu plays but one version of Ken in the Barbie movie // WARNER BROS



Scott Evans – ‘You guessed it. He’s a Ken’

Scott is the real life brother of Avengers star, Chris Evans. He has featured in films like Almost Love (2019) and was a recurring character in Netflix’s comedy series, Grace and Frankie.

Younger brother Evans is taking on a role that might become more popular than Captain America // WARNER BROS



Kingsley Ben-Adir – ‘He’s Ken Too’

Kingsley is best known for his leading role in Marvel’s thriller series, Secret Invasion. He is also set to take the leading role in the 2024 biopic on reggae musician, Bob Marley.

From playing a villain in Secret Invasion to playing happy-go-lucky Ken // WARNER BRO



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Zahraa Schroeder
Zahraa Schroeder
Zahraa writes articles about climate change, world conflict and celebrities. She received her Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies from Damelin, and has garnered more than four years’ experience in the radio industry. She is short for no reason and loves talking to strangers on the bus.

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