Amy Schumer has dropped out of the “Barbie” film at Sony Pictures. The comedian and actress was supposed to play the character that inspired the iconic doll in the film which currently sits without a director.
Schumer joined the project in December and recently did a polish on the script by Hilary Winston. However she said in a statement on Thursday:
“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. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”
A Sony spokesperson says: “We respect and support Amy’s decision. We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and sharing updates on casting and filmmakers soon.”
Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal are producing “Barbie” which is currently targeting a June 2018 release.
The announcement comes as Schumer has joined the cast of Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me” with Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman.
That project is described as a sweeping comedic drama, a multigenerational story about family and the complexities of modern life with a through line of two intertwining love sagas.