Boo! We’ve got some bad news, we’re afraid. It seems that Amy Schumer has pulled out of the Barbie movie, and now our favorite plastic doll is after a new IRL embodiment.
It was previously reported last year that Amy Schumer has signed up to play Barbie in an upcoming movie based on the popular doll. The idea, which had been being shopped by Sony and the makers of Barbie, Mattel, had gotten us very, very excited, especially when we learned that Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, were potentially penning the script, too.
Schumer also proved that she was basically the perfect person to play Barbie, after some people sent her some rather negative comments about taking on the role.
So, it’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Amy Schumer has had to step down from playing Barbie.
Confirming the news, Sony Pictures said that they were continuing on with the project.
“We respect and support Amy’s decision,” a spokesperson for Sony said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and sharing updates on casting and filmmakers soon.”
Despite not having a director attached, and now having no lead, the Barbie movie is still has a release date of June 29, 2018. Part of this, Variety notes, is because Mattel is already developing tie-in products to go with the movie.
The plot for the movie is said to be similar to that of Enchanted, with the titular character being kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and into the real world.
We’re gutted that Amy Schumer has had to pull out of the movie, but we totally get that, as she’s a one busy and badass woman, that scheduling conflicts can happen. Hopefully someone equally as excellent will take up the mantle!