If you feel like it’s been an an all-around crappy year—for feminism, glass ceilings that are long overdue for smashing, women’s bodily autonomy—you’re not alone. But here’s something to look forward to: Sony and Mattel are working on a live-action Barbie movie, and Amy Schumer is in close to signing a deal to star in it.
And not only will Amy be playing Barbie, but according to sources who talked to Variety (so you know it’s legit), she and sis Kim Caramele going to work on the concept and rewrite the script by Hilary Winston. Being that Amy and her sister have collaborated on Inside Amy Schumer and Trainwreck, we can expect this Barbie flick to have the same edgy, highly-watchable appeal, right?
Variety says it’ll be one of those whimsical, fantasy-meets-reality rom-coms in the vein of Splash, Enchanted, and Big. The gist, according to Deadline, is that “Amy will play a character who lives in Barbieland, among all of the various Barbie characters beloved by doll collectors (there are dolls covering over 180 careers). Schumer’s Barbie gets kicked out, basically because she’s not perfect enough, is a bit eccentric and doesn’t quite fit the mold. She then goes on an adventure in the real world, and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection.” They’re shooting for a PG rating, so it’ll be both kid- and adult-friendly.
Given that Amy has never shied away from embracing her looks and has made body positivity and self-empowerment a major theme of her comedy and message, I also think we can rest assured that her take on this will be a huge win for women and girls.
I meant to write "good morning trolls!" I hope you find some joy in your lives today in a human interaction and not just in writing unkind things to a stranger you've never met who triggers something in you that makes you feel powerless and alone. This is how I look. I feel happy. I think I look strong and healthy and also like miss trunchbull from Matilda. Kisses!
We don’t need to pore over the the research to be reminded how playing with Barbies tends to negatively affect young girls’ satisfaction with their bodies. Give Amy a stab at the image and the character, though, and she could reshape a whole generation’s view of the doll!
At the very least, the film is bound to be seriously entertaining and genuinely funny. It’ll hit theaters summer 2018.