Timothée Chalamet was supposed to cameo in Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” movie alongside their “Lady Bird” and “Little Women” star Saoirse Ronan, but he never found out what the director had planned for her former collaborators. Scheduling conflicts prevented Ronan and Chalamet from appearing in “Barbie,” which became Warner Bros.’ top-grossing film in history and the biggest movie of 2023 with $1.4 billion in box office sales.
“There was an idea for Saoirse Ronan and I to do a cameo in it,” Chalamet said during a recent interview on “The Tonight Show.” “I don’t know what the cameo would’ve been. I think it would’ve been one of the rejected Kens or Barbies. Not Alan! Maybe there was a reject French one along the way.”
Chalamet shot his upcoming musical “Wonka” on the same Warner Bros. UK lot where Gerwig shot “Barbie,” so he was at least able to visit the set of the blockbuster comedy.
“I tried to get them both in it. They both couldn’t do it,” Gerwig told Hollywood First Look earlier this year. “Although Timothée did come by the set and then said, ‘I should have been in this,’ And I was like, ‘I know! Why aren’t you in this?’”
Gerwig previously said that she had planned for Chalamet and Ronan to appear in “Barbie” in “speciality cameos,” but “both of them couldn’t do it and I was so annoyed. But I love them so much. But it felt like doing something without my children. I mean, I’m not their mom, but I sort of feel like their mom.”
Ronan was filming and producing “The Outrun” at the same time Gerwig was filming “Barbie” and thus couldn’t fit a cameo into her schedule. “The Outrun” is adapted from the 2016 memoir by Scottish journalist and author Amy Liptrot.
Chalamet and Ronan were far from the only actors who couldn’t make “Barbie” fit into their schedule. The film’s casting directors revealed last month that “Saturday Night Live” Emmy nominee Bowen Yang, “Schitt’s Creek” Emmy winner Dan Levy and “Dear Evan Hansen” Tony winner Ben Platt were all in the running to play versions of Ken in the film but scheduling logistics prevented the castings from happening. Jonathan Groff also circled the role of Ken’s long-suffering friend Allan before Michael Cera landed the part.
“Barbie” will be available to stream Dec. 15 on Max.