Offering a public statement to Variety, Amy Schumer has pulled out of the live action Barbie movie. Ahead of a slated June 29, 2018 premiere date, the stand-up comedian and Trainwreck star was to take the title role. While she wanted to play Mattel’s iconic toy, the comedian argued that her other commitments were getting in the way.
"Sadly, I'm no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts," she explained to the website. "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."
“We respect and support Amy’s decision,” a spokesperson for Sony responded. “We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and sharing updates on casting and filmmakers soon.”
Schumer Teams Up With Teller For Veteran Drama
Part of this scheduling conflict coincides with one project titled Thank You for Your Service, a movie that will open in theaters on October 27 this year. Alongside Miles Teller, the title will explore the pitfalls of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with veterans returning from war in the Middle East. All while they struggle to readapt back into society.
American Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall will be making his directorial debut in the film as he makes the transition from that modern war interpretation to this installment. The supporting cast includes the likes of Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith.
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel wrote the book that the drama will be based upon. As Teller will play soldier Adam Schumann who returned from Iraq. Jon Kilik will produce with Ann Ruark onboard as an executive producer.
Amy Links Up With Carell and Kidman
No wonder Schumer bailed on Barbie. It turns out the comedian and actress already has plans to switch from Thank You for Your Service to the comedy drama She Came to Me. The OddLot Entertainment team from Hell of High Water are producing the title, as they cast Schumer alongside Steve Carell and Australian star Nicole Kidman.
Writer-director Rebecca Miller is said to helm the story about a multigenerational family as the narrative is intertwined with a duo of love sagas. Little else is known about the script as Kidman continues her renaissance in the spotlight following her starring role in the Oscar-nominated Lion as well as a leading part in the HBO series Big Little Lies.