Barbie director Greta Gerwig reveals that Timothée Chalamet visited the set and expressed regret that he was not in the film. Gerwig and Chalamet previously worked together on the films Lady Bird and Little Women. Despite the stellar cast, other potential cameos, including Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan, did not materialize due to scheduling conflicts.
Greta Gerwig, director of Barbie, reveals that Timothée Chalamet visited the film’s set and talks about her reaction. Gerwig and Chalamet previously worked on 2017’s Lady Bird and 2019’s Little Women, where the actor played two prominent roles in both films. In Gerwig’s Barbie, Margot Robbie plays the famous Mattel doll who travels outside the safety of Barbieland to the real world when unexplained events make her question her life. Despite the stellar cast, Gerwig and Robbie previously mentioned other possible cameos that didn’t materialize, including Chalamet and Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan, who had scheduling conflicts.
In an interview with Hollywood First Look, the director spoke about a day during filming when Chalamet visited the set and often collaborated with him. During her visit, Gerwig was quick to ask Chalamet why he was not in the film. Here is Gerwig’s full explanation:
“I tried to persuade both of them. They couldn’t do it. Even if Timothy came to the set and said, “I should have been there.” And I: “I know! Why aren’t you here?
Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan weren’t the only canceled Barbie cameos.
By the time production wrapped on Barbie, the comedy had already amassed a recognizable cast of stars from across the entertainment world. From comedy icons like Will Ferrell and Kate McKinnon to famous cult actors like Helen Mirren, there’s no shortage of faces that audiences will recognize from their roles in other acclaimed productions. Despite this, Chalamet and Ronan’s cameos in Barbie were far from the only actors who almost became part of a large cast, but were forced to drop out for various reasons.
Gal Gadot was supposed to play an unspecified version of Barbie, but her job duties prevented her from appearing in the film. Directors Lucy Bevan and Allison Jones introduced several alternate actors to play Ken, including Bowen Young, Dan Levy and Benn Platt, while Jonathan Groff was originally cast as the only remaining Barbieland Allan, who was then played by Michael Cera. Although she provided her voice for the production, Mirren almost appeared in a Barbie post-credits scene featuring a pregnant Midge doll (Emerald Fennell).
With Barbie taking off and discussions of a sequel yet to be confirmed, many actors have thrown their hats in the ring to appear, with Cillian Murphy wanting to be Ken himself. So if Gerwig returns in the Barbie sequel, Chalamet might have another chance to get back into Barbieland.
Source: Hollywood First Look