Tasha Ghouri narrowly missed out on Barbie role because of Love Island: ‘Crazy how the universe works’

Tasha Ghouri and Barbie
Barbie has cast packed full of A-listers including Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie (Picture: SplashNews)

Tasha Ghouri came very close to rubbing shoulders with the likes of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the new Barbie film.

The much-anticipated live-action movie about the lives of the Mattel dolls is due out later this year and has been directed by Little Women’s Greta Gerwig, 39.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, although a trailer shows Barbie (Robbie) driving into the ‘real world’ with her beau Ken (Gosling), the all-star cast has been revealed.

Alongside the Babylon actress, 32, and Ryan, 42, the likes of (deep breath) Nicola CoughlanJohn Cena, Ncuti Gatwa, Helen Mirren and Will Ferrell have roles.

And if it wasn’t for a certain pesky ITV dating series, there could have been one other name added to the cast.

Tasha, 23, who made history as Love Island’s first-ever deaf contestant, auditioned for a part as a dancer in Barbie but was unable to continue with the process.

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The model instead had committed to last year’s Love Island and revealed her time in the villa clashed with the filming of Barbie.

She wrote on Twitter: ‘Fun fact I got to the final round of the Barbie film audition as a dancer but didn’t get the job – filming was at same time as LI [Love Island], crazy how the universe works.’

But her Love Island stint was in vein as Tasha and current boyfriend reached the finals and came in fourth place, with Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Davide Sancliment ultimately crowned winner.

Tasha Ghouri
Tasha said it was ‘funny how the universe works’ (Picture: PA)
It’s hard to keep up with all the stars in Barbie (Picture: WarnerBros)

Earlier this week it was revealed that Dua Lipa, who will also star as a Mermaid Barbie, will be penning the theme tune for the film.

Other casting includes Ana Cruz Kayne as Supreme Court Justice Barbie, The Crown’s Emerald Fennell as Midge, Barbie’s best friend, and Scott Evans as a cowboy hat-wearing Ken.

Michael Cera will appear as Ken’s friend Allan, Issa Rae will play President Barbie and Sex Education star Emma Mackey will portray a Barbie with a Nobel Prize in physics.

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The film is set for release on July 21 and a trailer released in December opened with a comical parody of classic science-fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Launched in 1959, the toy brand has previously seen animated adaptations including Barbie In The Nutcracker, Barbie As Rapunzel and Barbie Of Swan Lake.

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