A new Barbie actress is being sought as Amy Schumer exits the 2018 release
Although the film has a release date of June 29, 2018, Sony Pictures is in need of a new Barbie actress. Trainwreck star Amy Schumer, who became attached to the Mattel comedy last December, has exited the film due to a scheduling conflict. Variety has the news, reporting that Schumer’s promotional tour for the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Snatched has forced her to vacate the role.
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to ‘Barbie’ due to scheduling conflicts,” Schumer says in a statement to the trade. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”
Schumer was to play a misfit living in a land of perfect Barbies who comes to the real world where her being/looking different turns into an asset. The film has been described as being a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity in the comedic fantasy vein of Splash, Enchanted or Big.
From princess to president, mermaid to movie star, Barbie has done it all through her more than 150 careers. The world’s most popular doll has gained valuable experiences and shown her fans that anything is possible for a modern woman. The toy line launched in 1959 and brings in $2 billion dollars annually.
The Barbie screenplay arrives from Hilary Winston (The LEGO Ninjago Movie, the Bad Teacher TV series). with Schumer and her sister Kim Caramele having done a rewrite. Barbie is being produced by Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal.
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