Actor Ryan Gosling opened up about the sequel to Barbie and shared that he wants a slight variation in his character Ken, according to People.
“Oh, I’m not going anywhere near that. We really know nothing,’ Gosling remarked at a panel discussion on the smash hit film with his co-star America Ferrera at London’s BFI Southbank, according to Variety.
The two stressed that they do not know whether Barbie will receive a sequel from writer-director Greta Gerwig or its star Margot Robbie, who also produced the film. If a sequel did happen, Gosling joked about fresh versions of his Ken persona.
“Can it be a husky Ken? Can I play Husky Ken, like Sandwich Ken? Can I play that Ken next time?” he said, per the outlet.
According to People, though Barbie grew into the highest-grossing film of 2023 (and Warner Bros.’ biggest movie ever!) at over $1.44 billion worldwide following its July release, there are no official plans for a sequel. At the London Q&A, Ferrera, who plays Gloria in the movie, emphasized that both Gerwig, 40, and Robbie, have each stated “they did not set out to make a franchise.”
“They put it all out on the table. Every bit of it that they loved and that they knew to do, they did,” Ferrera said, per the outlet. “Which is refreshing, right? We’re not setting it up for 20 years of Barbie movies. But then again, I know nothing, so there might be 20 years [of Barbie]… or a Ken spinoff?”
Robbie recently discussed the prospect of a Barbie sequel with Cillian Murphy on Variety Actors on Actors, and she refused to rule out the notion.
“We put everything into that movie and it’s so good, that I’m like, ‘oh, no!’ ” And I was also so proud of the fact that it wasn’t a sequel or a prequel or a remake, which is getting rarer and rarer these days… that part of me is like ‘oh, no, if we do a Barbie 2…’ I don’t know,” she said.
“But at the same time, I would do anything to be back on that set and I’d do anything to be on set with Greta again and Ryan again and playing Barbie again,” she added. “It’s just so joyful. . . So it’s not no, but also, it would take a lot [for it to live up to expectations].”
Gerwig, who is next set to make two adaptations of The Chronicles of Narnia book series for Netflix, told People earlier this year that she hopes the movie “is the launch of a world and a bunch of different Barbie movies.” “There’s a tone and a humor and a joy, and obviously the world is so beautiful,” she added. “I want to go back to Barbie Land.”