A live-action Barbie movie is coming, and Sony has cast raunchy comedic actress Amy Schumer in the titular role.
Haters are out in full force with the recent announcement, but is their argument valid?
As proud curvy girl (but never Plus Size) Amy Schumer prepares to take on the iconic moniker, and audiences can't help but be reminded how she is often vocal about her love of being bigger-than-the-average-Hollywood-starlet.
Yet here we are, where she's cast as the controversially-thin Barbie doll, but remaining silent about providing a positive body-image. Schumer was angry (rightfully) when she was referred to as plus size, and over the years, Barbie herself has been in hot water for being an unrealistic role model for young girls.
Does the casting of Amy Schumer rectify the decades of Barbie's bad press and even worse body image ideals? The safest assumption is that the plot has to be something body-conscious.
According to Deadline, "Mattel and producers Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal have teamed up for the project, which will try to put a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity." Additionally, it seems "A year ago, Sony hired three scribes to pen separate screenplays, with the studio picking Hilary Winston’s idea and script to work off of. It is expected that Schumer will rewrite the script with her sister, Kim Caramele."
There are a few ways a live-action Barbie movie could go: my first instincts were a mix of Life-Size (2000) the Tyra Banks/ Lindsay Lohan movie and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story (1995). But reports claim that Sony is going a little more, Splash (1984), Big (1988), or Sponge Bob (2015).
What do you think of the casting? Comment below. Is Schumer right for the role, or do the haters have a point? And what do YOU think the plot should be?