Amy Schumer To Play The Title Role In Barbie
Trainwreck star and comedian Amy Schumer has been chosen by Sony Pictures to headline its upcoming film based on Mattel’s Barbie toyline.
Schumer’s involvement with the project might come as a surprise given the nature of her comedy. For instance, the aforementioned Trainwreck garnered an R-rating from the MPAA, a fact that might lead some to question her suitability for the movie. As Sony explained, however, her unabashedly feminist humor meshes well with the message of empowerment and self-love that the studio is planning to approach the film with:
Schumer will play a character who lives in Barbieland, among all of the various Barbie characters beloved by doll collectors (there are dolls covering over 180 careers). In a fish-out-of-water story reminiscent of films like Splash and Big, Schumer’s Barbie gets kicked out, basically because she’s not perfect enough, is a bit eccentric and doesn’t quite fit the mold. She then goes on an adventure in the real world and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection. Mattel, with a lot at stake since the toyline has generated $3 billion in sales, signed off on the take.
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