Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie
Bye bye, Barbie.
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” she said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday (March 24, 2017). “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.”
Mattel and producers Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal are said to be still on board, though the film is currently without a director.
Last December, Schumer hit back at haters who tried to body-shame her following the casting news. “I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where’s the shame? It’s not there. It’s an illusion,” she wrote alongside an Instagram photo of herself in a swimsuit.
“It’s that kind of response that let’s you know something’s wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it,” the Trainwreck star continued, referencing the backlash she’s received. “Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us.”
As previously reported, the adaptation will be a fish-out-of-water tale in which Barbie is cast out of Barbieland because she’s not perfect enough. While struggling through the real world, the famous character discovers that true beauty comes from within.
Sony has since pushed back its release date to June 29, 2018.