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Saoirse Ronan and Dua Lipa tipped to star in Barbie movie with Margot Robbie

The film will hit cinemas July 21, 2023.
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Neasa Cumiskey

Saoirse Ronan and Dua Lipa are rumoured to have joined the cast of Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie film.

While not a lot is known about the film just yet, fans got a first look at Margot Robbie in character as Barbie at CinemaCon last month, and it was revealed that Ryan Gosling will be playing her partner Ken.

The star-studded cast also includes America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, and Will Ferrell.

And at the Cannes Film Festival this week, word on the street is that Saoirse, who previously starred in Gerwig’s flicks Lady Bird and Little Women, and Dua, who will make her big screen debut in spy thriller Argylle later this year, are reportedly the latest additions to the film’s roster.

An insider told The Sun: “Dua is making waves in both music and movies.

“She really impressed in Argylle and word spread around Hollywood about how good she was.

“Now she has joined the cast of Barbie alongside big names including Margot, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell and Saoirse Ronan.

“Although Argylle is a big film in its own right, Barbie will be a breakthrough part for Dua because there is so much hype around it.

“Dua is quickly proving there is far more to her than just being a pop star. She has an exciting future ahead of her in films.”

But Saoirse and Dua aren’t the only celebrities who are reportedly lined up to join the Barbie cast, as Kyle Buchanan of the New York Times has been sharing some of the “incredible” gossip about the romantic comedy that he overheard at Cannes.

He explained that the festival has been bubbling with rumours that Marvel actor Simu Liu and Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa will be playing alternate versions of Ken in the film, which hits cinemas July 21, 2023.

And Emmy nominee Issa Rae and Transparent star Hari Nef are reportedly set to play different versions of Barbie.

“I am hearing incredible Barbie goss at Cannes,” Buchanan tweeted on Wednesday.

“For one, I’m hearing that Ryan Gosling is not the only Ken in the Barbie film. Simu Liu and Ncuti Gatwa also play Kens.

“And, by the same token, Margot Robbie is not the film’s only Barbie. Issa Rae and Hari Nef play different Barbies…”

Details of Barbie's plot remain unknown, but it’s rumoured that the film will follow a doll who’s kicked out of Barbie Land for not being perfect enough.


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