It seems that the tables have turned and Barbie isn’t the popular girl she used to be. Amy Schumer was supposed to play Barbie in a film by Mattel and Sony, but she got too busy with her own movies.
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” Schumer said in a statement. “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.”
The film was supposed to be released in May 2017, but in December, Sony had to push back the release date to June 2018.
Mattel, the company that owns Barbie, has received backlash in the past over the doll’s impossibly thin waist and long legs, as well as the lack of diversity in terms of dolls of different races. The Barbie film, which is currently lacking a director, is supposed to be a modern spin on beauty and identity and have hints of feminism.
According to a Variety article, the main character of the movie is forced to leave Barbieland because she doesn’t fit in. When she enters the “real world,” however, she sees that being different can actually be quite helpful.
Sony envisioned the film to be a lighthearted family comedy with a classic lesson learned at the end, but without a lead star and without a director, who knows how the film will turn out. Meanwhile, Schumer is ready for her newest comedy, Snatched, which comes to theaters on May 12. She will also be starring in She Came to Me, alongside Steve Carrell and Nicole Kidman.
Sorry, Barbie. That pink crop top and denim skirt just isn’t going to cut it this time.