Amy Schumer 'Bummed' to Ditch Barbie

Star says 'scheduling conflicts' are to blame for dropping out of movie
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2017 7:35 AM CDT
Amy Schumer Won't Be Barbie After All
In this Jan. 17, 2016, file photo, Amy Schumer is seen in Santa Monica, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Ken will have to find another Barbie. Amy Schumer, who was set to star in the live-action version of the movie based on the doll, has pulled out of the film, Variety reports. It's apparently not because she thinks the Sony flick will be some kind of train wreck, however: Schumer, who says the movie "has so much promise," simply can't get her schedule to sync up with Sony's. Schumer's upcoming itinerary includes shooting another movie—She Came to Me, co-starring Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman—and going on tour to promote Snatched, the movie she's co-starring in with Goldie Hawn that opens in May.

The Hollywood Reporter hints at some setbacks, including the fact that there's no director lined up yet and that the movie's release has already had to be pushed back more than a year: It's now set to open in June 2018. Variety quotes insiders who say Mattel's timeline made for the deal-breaker, as the company has moved forward on the production of film-related merchandise and needs to stick to the June date. "I'm bummed," Schumer says. (She thought she'd be the perfect Barbie, too.)

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