John Cena’s mysterious Barbie movie character has been revealed during Warner Bros. Discovery’s CinemaCon presentation, showing that the actor will appear as a version of Ken unlike any other. The Greta Gerwig-directed comedy is inspired by Mattel’s iconic line of dolls and is set to hit theaters on July 21. Barbie stars Margot Robbie as one of many versions of the titular doll that finds herself in the real world far from her idyllic home and will also feature Ryan Gosling, Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Scott Evans as various versions of Ken.
During Warner Bros. Discovery’s CinemaCon showcase which ScreenRant attended, audiences were treated to new, previously unseen footage from Barbie, where it was revealed what Cena’s until-now mysterious role would be. While Cena was confirmed to be joining Gosling, Liu, Gatwa, Ben-Adir, and Evans as another version of Ken, the actor’s Ken variant is already set to stand out from his counterparts, as Cena will portray Merman Ken. Cena’s Merman Ken casting reveal comes following confirmation that singer Dua Lipa will portray Mermaid Barbie.
Barbie Features A Surprising All-Star Cast For All Audiences
While Barbie‘s trailers have featured classic film homages and highlighted the film’s bright anesthetics and humor, one big appeal for audiences is the movie’s surprising all-star cast, as Gerwig has gathered an incredible team of actors to bring the film to life. Alongside its Academy Award-nominated leads Robbie and Gosling, Barbie features a number of established faces from across film and television including recognizable comedic stars Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon, and Michael Cera. Helen Mirren is also set to join the film, providing her voice as the narrator of Robbie’s Barbie’s tale.
Barbie’s cast also features a number of newer stars who have led recent hit series that are set to take on larger roles in the near future. Upcoming Doctor Who lead Gatwa will reunite with his fellow Sex Education co-stars Emma Mackey and Connor Swindells, while Bridgerton‘s Nicola Coughlan and The Umbrella Academy‘s Ritu Arya are also set to star in the film. With Barbie seeing Gerwig bring together a cast composed of beloved stars both new and old, the film’s line-up is sure to catch the eye of a number of different audiences.
Barbie is shaping up to be one of 2023’s most anticipated films, as despite its story still being wrapped in a mystery, the movie has left a notable impression on filmgoing audiences. Between its impressive cast, deep-cut references, fun teasers, and unique, much-joked relationship with Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, the film has quickly gathered an eager audience excited to see just what the film holds. And with Cena, who has made an impression with roles in Peacemaker and The Fast and the Furious series set to take on one of the film’s more surprising Ken variants, many may be more excited to see how the star handles such a role.