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Move Over Ryan Gosling, Cillian Murphy Wants to Play Ken in ‘Barbie 2’


Move over, Ryan Gosling, there’s a new Ken in town. It seems Cillian Murphy has set his sights on bringing ‘Barbenhemier‘ to life as the 47-year-old actor recently revealed that he is open to the idea of taking on the iconic role of Ken in Barbie 2.

As part of the ‘Oppenheimer’ promotion, Murphy engaged in an interview with Omelete (before the SAG-AFTRA strike), where the topic of a potential Barbie sequel came up. When asked if he would be interested in portraying one of the Kens in the sequel, Murphy responded enthusiastically, saying, “Would I play a Ken in Barbie 2? Sure, yeah. Let’s read the script, let’s have a conversation.”

Ryan Gosling a Ken in 'Barbie' (2023) | Image: Warner Bros.
Ryan Gosling a Ken in ‘Barbie’ (2023) | Image: Warner Bros.

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What initially began as an amusing internet meme quickly transformed into something extraordinary, fueling these films to phenomenal success at the box office. Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ is dominating the charts, with an astonishing USD $162 million (AUD $240 million) in ticket sales, soaring as this year’s biggest premiere and securing the record for the highest-ever opening of a movie directed by a woman. Meanwhile, Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer‘ pulled in an impressive USD $82 million (AUD $121 million) in revenue.

Murphy went on to admit that he hasn’t seen Barbie just yet, but he has plans to watch it in the near future. He said, “I can’t wait to see (Barbie). I can’t wait to see the movie. I think it’s great for cinema to get all these great movies happening this summer.”

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie features Margot Robbie as the titular Mattel doll and it even includes a diverse array of other Barbie versions and multiple interpretations of Ken, with the primary Ken portrayed by Gosling, while additional versions are brought to life by Simu Liu and Kingsley Ben-Adir.

Cillian Murphy in 'Oppenheimer' (2023) | Image: Universal Pictures
Cillian Murphy in ‘Oppenheimer’ (2023) | Image: Universal Pictures

While the idea of Murphy possibly portraying one of the Kens in the Barbie sequel certainly sounds fun, the chances of a return to Barbie Land remain uncertain for now. In an interview with The New York Times, Greta Gerwig expressed that currently, she feels she has explored all her creative ideas and is not actively pursuing any sequels or spinoffs. Gerwig said, “At this moment, it’s all I’ve got. I feel like that at the end of every movie, like I’ll never have another idea and everything I’ve ever wanted to do, I did. I wouldn’t want to squash anybody else’s dream but for me, at this moment, I’m at totally zero.”

Ryan Gosling a Ken in 'Barbie' (2023) | Image: Warner Bros.
Ryan Gosling a Ken in ‘Barbie’ (2023) | Image: Warner Bros.