Fans were intrigued when plans were announced to make a movie based on Barbie, with the iconic doll at the centre of a subversive, feminist storyline in which a misfit Barbie — to have been played by Amy Schumer — journeys from the idealized world of Barbie to the real world after realizing she doesn’t fit in.
Elation over the comedic possibilities was short-lived, with Schumer subsequently dropped out of the project, citing “scheduling conflicts.”
But recent developments indicate the Barbie movie appears to be moving ahead, with an Oscar-winning star circling the role: Anne Hathaway.
The Les Mis star, reports The Hollywood Reporter, is in talks to take on the role, with Australian director Alethea Jones (who’s helmed such comedies as the upcoming Fun Mom Dinner) likewise in talks with Sony, which is reportedly keen to maintain the 2018 release date.
Because of Sony’s hesitation to move the release date, notes THR, if Hathaway’s schedule isn’t able to accommodate the production schedule, a deal may not happen.
If everything works out, expect to see Hathaway and the Barbie movie hitting theatres on June 29, 2018.