Move over, Barbie, there’s a new blond bombshell in town.
The makers of a new movie adaptation of the long-running toy franchise have revealed the first images of their two stars – and it’s not Barbie herself making the headlines.
Her plastic husband has come to life as a peroxide blond Ken, played by Ryan Gosling.
What do fans think?
Well, his age has made quite the impression.
At 41-years-old Gosling is a surprise choice for the iconic pretty boy role – even with his chiseled chest and vacant facial expression.
But the good news is it’s left dads everywhere with hope they can still pull it off.
One Twitter user wrote: “Extremely moved that ‘Ken’ (Ryan Gosling) in the Barbie movie is 41 years old.”
Too old to be a Ken doll?
Some pointed out the fact that Ken is supposed to be younger, with one fan writing: ‘Hollywood has not invested in any young male stars in the last fifteen years and this is a perfect example. Why is Ken in his forties?’
One die-hard Barbie fan wrote: ‘”I was hoping for golden blonde hair but I guess this is satire.”
Another joked: “Why did I think this was a Love Island promo?”
How many Kens are there?
We don’t know for certain, but movie makers have revealed that Gosling is not the only one, suggesting the upcoming film will follow him through the ages.
Gosling reportedly plays one of multiple Kens in the film, with Shang Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings star Simu Liu portraying another.
Gosling is joined in the film by Margot Robbie, America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Saoirse Ronan, and Will Ferrell.
When can fans see Ken?
Barbie is set to be released on 21 July 2023.
A synopsis of the upcoming film reads: “A doll living in ‘Barbieland’ is expelled for not being perfect enough and sets off on an adventure in the real world. A Live-action feature film based on the popular line of Barbie toys.”