Ryan Gosling is set to star as Ken in the ‘Barbie’ movie.
The 40-year-old actor is in talks to co-star with Margot Robbie, 31, in the live-action movie about Mattel, Inc’s iconic doll, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have written the script for the Warner Bros movie, with Gerwig attached to direct.
Robbie will produce the movie via her LuckyChap production company alongside her husband, LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley.
Mattel Films’ Robbie Brenner and Paddington’s David Heyman will also produce.
Gallery: He wasn’t handsome enough to play 007? You won’t believe the actors that turned down James Bond! (BANG Showbiz)
Shaken but not stirred…
Portraying 007 agent is one of the biggest (and most lucrative) roles in cinema. That’s why it’s hard to believe that some stars have declined the offer to slip into the British spy’s tuxedo. You’ll never believe the actors who, according to IMDb database, said 00-no!
Hollywood icon Grant is first on our list. The ‘Only Angels Have Wings’ star turned down the role in ‘Dr. No’ since he considered himself too old for it, as he was almost 60. Sean Connery was cast and the rest is history.
The Welsh actor was also considered to play the iconic role in two James Bond films: ‘Dr. No’ and ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’. Burton – who was famously married to Elizabeth Taylor, twice – declined the offers, the first time claiming it was too much of a risk to bring Ian Fleming’s literary creation to the big screen.
The ‘Wolverine’ star was considered to play James Bond in the mid 2000’s, following the release of ‘Die Another Day’ and Pierce Brosnan’s departure. Jackman turned down the role as he believed the previous script was “unbelievably crazy” and did not like the direction producers were taking the character.
The Western star was offered the chance to play 007 in 1971’s ‘Diamonds are Forever’ before producers managed to convince Sean Connery to play Bond again following George Lazenby’s one outing as Bond in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Eastwood turned it down for the same reasons Burt Reynolds had, since he believed that character should only be played by a British star.
Neeson got close to being 007. Ultimately though he turned down the role of James Bond in ‘GoldenEye’ because he did not want to be typecast as an action star. Ironically, in his later career, Neeson became a big screen action man thanks to his role in the ‘Taken’ franchise.
The English actor was considered for the role before Daniel Craig was ultimately cast for 2006’s ‘Casino Royale’. However, following rumours that Pierce Brosnan could return, despite having left the part, West turned down the role because he did not want to compete with him.
Adam West is another celebrity who did not want to play James Bond due to his nationality. The ‘Batman’ actor, born in the United States, turned down the role on ‘Diamonds are Forever’ because he believed the character should be played by a British actor.
This acting legend was also considered for playing Bond on ‘Diamonds are Forever’. Sadly, Michael Gambon turned down the role because he did not consider himself attractive enough for the iconic part.
The ‘Batman Begins’ star was considered for the part in ‘Casino Royale’ but turned it down. According to the book ‘Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Drama’, Welshman Bale snubbed the 007 part because it reinforced “every stereotype of England”.
Hollywood action man Reynolds had quite valid and clear reasons for turning down the role of the legendary agent on ‘Diamonds are Forever’. Reynolds simply considered that an American actor, which was his case, should not portray Bond.
Ryan was previously offered the role during the summer but turned it down due to a scheduling conflict.
However, due to a delay in filming, he is now free to take on the part.
Margot previously vowed to give audiences “something totally different” to what they would expect from the famous Mattel doll.
Margot said last year: “Something like Barbie where the IP, the name itself, people immediately have an idea of, ‘Oh Margot is playing Barbie, I know what that is’, but our goal is to be like, ‘Whatever you’re thinking, we’re going to give you something totally different – the thing you didn’t know you wanted.'”
Margot’s producing partner Josey McNamara added that the acclaimed duo will help change viewers’ expectations of the project.
He explained: “As Margot said, you think you know what the movie is with Margot as Barbie, but Greta and Noah have subverted it, and we can’t wait to get into that one.”
The film centres on Barbie being expelled from Barbie Land for failing to live up to the expectations of its residents and Robbie hopes that it will put some “positivity out in the world”.
She previously said: “I think it’s a great opportunity to put some positivity out in the world and a change to be aspirational for younger kids.”Internet Explorer Channel Network