“Barbie” famously spotlights not only Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling’s respective versions of Barbie and Ken, but also variants of the two dolls played by other members of the film’s cast. Michael Cera and “Saltburn” director Emerald Fennell even play live-action versions of slightly obscure, Mattel-made Barbie and Ken companion dolls in the blockbuster comedy. It would have, therefore, been in keeping with the film’s comedic tone and zany world if Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet had played rejected iterations of Barbie and Ken.
Unfortunately, their intended “Barbie” cameos never came to fruition, and Chalamet isn’t the only one who has discussed the two missed opportunities. In an interview earlier this year with CinemaBlend, Greta Gerwig also shared her disappointment over the fact that she didn’t get to work for the third time in a row with either Chalamet or Ronan. “Both of them couldn’t do it, and I was so annoyed,” she admitted. “I love them so much. But it felt like doing something without my children. I mean, I’m not their mom, but I sort of feel like their mom.”
The good news is that the success of “Barbie” has paved the way for Gerwig to do whatever she wants next, which means that she shouldn’t have any trouble reuniting with Chalamet and Ronan on a future project. In fact, while Gerwig has previously stated that she isn’t ready to start thinking about a “Barbie” sequel, a follow-up to the film would give the director another chance to make Chalamet and Ronan’s intended cameos happen. She could, alternatively, work with them again on a new, non-“Barbie” movie.
Fans will just have to wait to see which route she decides to take.