The teaser trailer for next year’s Barbie movie is here – giving us a hint of the role of Ncuti Gatwa’s Ken

The first teaser trailer for Greta Gerwing’s upcoming movie based on the most famous doll in the world is out. As a teaser it only hints at the action we can expect from Barbie but it does have time for a glimpse of new Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa. He’s one of the many diverse Barbies and Kens that make up the community that’s the story’s setting. And in the trailer Gatwa’s Ken appears alongside those played by Ryan Gosling and Kingsley Ben-Adir. Toghether they brace for a brawl in what appears to be a sports meet up gone terribly wrong.

The rest of the trailer focuses on parodying 1960s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Only rather than an extraterrestrial monolith transforming the consciousness of early primates, it’s little girls encountering a giant Barbie (Margot Robbie).



Gatwa’s Barbie co-star Ryan Gosling famously sported a Fifteenth Doctor t-shirt in support of his friends new role

Barbie arrives in cinemas on the 21st of July next year, and it’s already clear that it takes a refreshingly off beam approach to the inner life of the best selling piece of plastic in the world. But there’s a lot we still don’t know about the film. For instance, we know Will Ferrell, Helen Mirren, and Kate McKinnon all have roles. But how does that fit with the setting of an entire world of Barbie and Ken dolls? Mirren, at least, acts as narrator of the trailer. But is that her role in the movie too? Or is her character simply delivering exposition in that moment?

Ncuti Gatwa was still filming Barbie when he was announced as the next Doctor, resulting in the bleach blond look of those original photos. It also famously led to his co-star Ryan Reynolds celebrating the casting by being seen out and about with a t-shirt of Ncuti Gatwa Doctor Who fan art. And with Gatwa’s Doctor not appearing on our screens until next year, and not getting his own full series until 2024, Barbie will give Doctor Who fans an early chance to see him in action.


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