Defying the typical Barbie image – stick skinny, ample bosom and interesting career options like mermaid and princess – Amy Schumer is expected to star in Sony’s live-action Barbie movie, according to a new report.
For those who have already started fat-shaming the comedian on Twitter, Schumer’s character might teach you a few lessons. In the script, Barbie starts out in Barbieland– a land of perfect Barbieswith whomshe just doesn't fit in, according toHollywood Reporter.
After she is banished from the seemingly idyllic world, she comes to the realization that it’s better to be unique than “perfect.”
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Mattel has teamed up with producers Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal. In 2014, Sony announced the movie had been written by Jenny Bicks. After looking at three different ideas written last year, Sony decided to go with Hilary Winston’s script, but Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, are expected to rewrite it, according to Hollywood Reporter.
"While it's an overused word, Barbie truly is a legend, a cultural symbol whose career choices have been as unlimited as her wardrobe,” Parkes and MacDonaldsaidin an earlier statement. “She is about empowerment, but never at the expense of fun. Our hope is to capture all of these aspects of Barbie in a modern take of the character that can appeal to moviegoers of all ages."
Mattel has earned billions from Barbie, so understandably, it has been very protective of the brand and has taken its time signing off onthe right script and star,Deadline reported.
"We’ve always thought that the Barbie story had great potential, but a universe of possibilities opened up when Jenny, Walter and Laurie brought us their unexpected, clever, and truly funny concept," Hannah Minghella, Columbia Pictures’ president of production, said in 2014. "It captures everything that has made Barbie a classic for generation after generation while also standing on its own, establishing Barbie as a truly original screen character."
Finding a director for the flick is next.
And in true Twitter fashion, the trolls came out as if on cue calling Schumer "a fat Jewess," "walrus," adding racism to the mix and everything else that trolls pepper their Friday night pizzas with.
Amy Schumer is to Barbie what Michael Moore is to GI Joe.— Sweet_Me_Lissa (@Mel_lific) December 2, 2016
On what planet does Amy Schumer resemble a Barbie? One with no sunlight obviously.— Mr. T Ferguson (@morris_kr) December 3, 2016
Amy Schumer is more of a Miss Piggy than a #Barbie.— Meme Team 6 (@trumpmmm) December 3, 2016
Amy Schumer set to play Barbie in a live action film. Personal Trainers and dieticians get in line.— Kevin Brackley (@kjbrackley) December 3, 2016
Apparently Amy Schumer is going to be playing Barbie in a live action movie...— TapX Retro ?#DooMRC (@MattRetroYT) December 3, 2016
I thought that walrus looking slob was moving to Canada?
@PrisonPlanet Amy Schumer as Barbie are you kidding me? These Jews just love to fuck brands up with their unfunny attempts to cash in.— Deplorable Donnie (@TheDonDnB420) December 3, 2016
Well, since Caitlyn Jenner turned down the role, Amy Schumer will now be playing Barbie. .....— TheRealFrankBrizzle (@ReaFrankBrizzle) December 3, 2016
Amy Schumer as Barbie that's almost as stupid as casting Harambe in Ghostbusters— SlugoPugo (@slugopugo) December 3, 2016
(Don't worry, some people get it.)
Lololol the amount of body shaming happening on this hashtag is exactly why we need Amy Schumer to be #Barbie— nasty (@emmailey) December 3, 2016
Amy Schumer will be the best barbie out there because she's a actual woman not like these twigs out there now a days ha!— † Chris † (@chris87420) December 3, 2016
I'm pretty sure Amy Schumer is gonna take on the stereotypes and social pressures of being thin in this Barbie movie.— Hübsche Frau (@PutinistaJonez) December 3, 2016