A handful of big names missed their chance to be in the “Barbie” movie thanks to scheduling issues, so Gadot isn’t alone. In an interview with Vanity Fair, casting directors Lucy Bevan and Allison Jones revealed that Bowen Yang, Dan Levy, and Ben Platt were all in the running to play various Kens, but none of them could fully commit to spending the entire shoot on location outside of London. “They were, I’m not kidding, really bummed they couldn’t do it,” Jones told the outlet. Jonathan Groff also very nearly played Ken’s “buddy” Allan, who was ultimately played by Michael Cera (in a perfect deadpan performance), but according to Jones, he had to personally reach out and apologize while also turning the role down.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking missed opportunity in “Barbie,” though, is that Greta Gerwig regulars Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet were supposed to appear in the film and couldn’t make it work. “Well, it was always going to have to be a sort of smaller thing because [Ronan] was actually producing at the time, which I am so proud of her for,” Gerwig told CinemaBlend. “And of course, it’s brilliant. But it was going to be a specialty cameo.” As for Chalamet, Gerwig revealed he couldn’t swing it either: “I was also going to do a specialty cameo with Timmy, and both of them couldn’t do it and I was so annoyed. But I love them so much.”