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Amy Schumer Drops Out Of Playing ‘Barbie’ In Live-Action Movie

Everyone’s favourite stand-up comedian, Amy Schumer, has reportedly dropped out of becoming a real-life Barbie in the upcoming live action film, with the star herself saying she’s ‘bummed’ to have to quit.

It turns out the Trainwreck actress is just too busy to commit to the role, despite it being announced last December that she would take the lead.

Releasing a statement to Variety on Thursday, March 23, Schumer said,

Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts. The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners.

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She went on to say just how gutted she was to be stepping down from the exciting role,

I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.

A Sony insider has spoken out about Amy’s decision to pull out of the iconic role, saying,

We respect and support Amy’s decision. We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and sharing updates on casting and film-makers soon.

With Schumer currently working on three future films, including Thank You For Your Service, and a film she has co-written with fellow actress and friend Jennifer Lawrence, there’s no surprise that Amy’s schedule is jam packed.

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So far there has been no news of who will be replacing the 35-year old New Yorker, but she has definitely set the benchmark high for the impending movie.

The 2018 live-action remake will follow the character of Barbie after she’s kicked out of Barbieland for not fitting in.

A strong message for young girls is said to resonate throughout the script, with Barbie herself learning 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.’

Although it is set to be a hit on its release, there have already been many bumps in the road for the Barbie movie.

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The original scriptwriter, Jenny Bicks – who worked on Rio 2 – was replaced by Juno writer Diablo Cody during the early stages of production.

Cody was, however, then followed up by Bert Royal, Hilary Winston and Lindsey Beer, who all put their mark on the script.

Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, then stepped in to contribute to the script’s final version.

The release date has also been brought back; it was initially supposed to be released at the start of 2017 but is now set to hit our screens in June 2018.

Amy previously said she was ‘honoured’ to be given the lead of Barbie, who is ‘an important and evolving icon’.

She is set to star in the upcoming action-comedy movie Snatched in May alongside Goldie Hawn.