‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ star Simu Liu has been cast in ‘Barbie,’ an upcoming Warner Bros. film based on the popular doll.
As previously announced, Margot Robbie plays Barbie and Ryan Gosling plays her toy Ken. It’s unclear who Liu or America Ferrera, who also recently joined the ensemble, will portray in the live-action film, Variety reports.
Greta Gerwig is directing the film from a screenplay she wrote with longtime partner Noah Baumbach. Plot details have been kept under wraps.
‘Barbie’, which has been in the works since 2019, is set to begin production in early 2022 at Warner Bros. Leavesden studio in London. It is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2023.
Gerwig and Baumbach collaborated on several films, including “Frances Ha” and “Mistress America.” Gerwig stepped behind the camera solo for 2017’s coming-of-age story “Lady Bird” and the high-profile 2019 remake of “Little Women,” both of which landed top Oscar nominations.
Before becoming one of Marvel’s newest superheroes, Liu was best known for playing Jung Kim on the Canadian sitcom “Kim’s Convenience.” The show, which ran for five seasons, gained popularity in the United States when it later landed on Netflix.