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Amy Schumer in talks to star in Barbie movie

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Story by Jack Foley

AMY Schumer is set to star in Sony’s live-action Barbie movie.

Mattel and producers Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal have teamed up for the project, which – according to The Hollywood Reporter – will try to put a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity.

The news comes 12 months after Sony hired three writers to pen separate screenplays. Hilary Winston’s idea was eventually picked and it’s that script that Schumer is now expected to rewrite with her sister, Kim Caramele.

In the meantime, a search has begun for a director.

Barbie, the doll, was first released in March 1959 from El Segundo, California-based Mattel, and has since become one of the biggest toy brands in the world, bringing in $3 billion annually. But in recent years it has also had to address issues of self-image and race, which Schumer, in the lead, is now expected to try to address.

The story is said to begin in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. After being expelled from the idealistic land, she journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.

Sony is hoping to go for a vibe akin to Splash, Big and Disney’s more recent Enchanted, which starred Amy Adams.

Schumer shot to big screen prominence two years ago when her R-rated comedy Trainwreck became a box office hit and won widespread critical acclaim.

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