Barbie Director Pitches Ken Actor For Next James Bond (& It’s Not Ryan Gosling)



  • Barbie director Greta Gerwig suggests that Kingsley Ben-Adir, who played Basketball Ken in Barbie, would be a perfect fit to lead the next era of James Bond.
  • Ben-Adir’s impressive acting credentials and his ability to captivate audiences make him a recognizable and capable choice for the iconic role of 007.
  • His experience with espionage stories, including his role in Disney+’s Secret Invasion, showcases his versatility and potential to bring a fresh perspective to the James Bond franchise.



Barbie director Greta Gerwig pitches one of the movie’s many Ken actors for the next James Bond movie after impressing her during production, and her choice isn’t Ryan Gosling. The 2023 movie saw Gosling’s Ken joined by a variety of others in Barbieland, with the group featuring a number of up-and-coming actors including Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Scott Evans. Meanwhile, longtime producers of the James Bond franchise are currently preparing for a new star to take on the role of Ian Fleming’s gentleman spy following the departure of Daniel Craig in 2021’s No Time To Die.

With Barbie having dominated the summer box office, Gerwig has opened up to Variety about which member of the movie’s cast could be a perfect fit to lead a new era of the James Bond franchise. While Gosling’s Beach Ken complex naivety and musical numbers charmed audiences, Gerwig was left impressed by Ben-Adir’s responses to her direction on set and ability to captivate audiences during a moment in the movie’s climax, leaving her eager to see him take on the role of 007. Check out Gerwig’s comments below:

Everybody’s jaws dropped. I was like, get this footage to whoever is making James Bond immediately.

Why Kingsley Ben-Adir Could Be A Perfect Choice For James Bond

Gravik detonating bomb in Russia in Secret Invasion

A nominee for the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2020, the 2020 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, and winner of the 2020 Gotham Awards’ Breakthrough Actor award, and the 2020 Atlantic Film Critics Circle’s Breakthrough Performer award, Ben-Adir has already established himself as an actor to keep an eye on. With central roles in The OA, Peaky Blinders, and a celebrated portrayal of Malcolm X in One Night in Miami… before he starred as Ken in Barbie, the actor has proven not only capable of tackling a variety of roles, but is recognizable to a wide range of audience. As such, his casting as James Bond is sure to draw an audience eager to see him take on 007.

Furthermore, Ben-Adir already has some experience with espionage stories through his recent filmography, as alongside Barbie, the actor also caught audiences’ attention in 2023 in Disney+’s Secret Invasion miniseries. A story that focuses on espionage and plots between Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury and a rogue cell of shape-shifting Skrulls, Secret Invasion saw Ben-Adir take on the role of disillusioned former Skrull agent Gravik, a foe who plots to infiltrate Earth’s leadership by playing on major international tensions. While the actor played the villain, Ben-Adir’s performance as Gravik gave him experience with the genre, and taking on the role of James Bond could allow him to subvert his Marvel role.

Ben-Adir and Barbie‘s incredible cast has left audiences engaged and moved throughout the summer, allowing the movie to become a standout hit amongst 2023’s releases. As such, filmgoers are sure to be eager to see where Ben-Adir and others go next, as the actor is set to further impress in 2024’s Bob Marley: One Love. While James Bond‘s producers may face a challenge with the franchise’s post-Craig direction, Gerwig’s suggestion could perhaps help them find their next 007.

Daniel Craig’s James Bond saga is currently available to stream on Prime Video, while Barbie is currently available to rent and purchase on Video on Demand services including Amazon, Apple TV, and the Microsoft Store, with a Max streaming release set for Fall 2023.

Source: Variety