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26 July 2017, 12:48 | Dawn Berry
Sony Wants Anne Hathaway For 'Barbie' Live-Action Film
As previously reported, Schumer, 36, parted ways with the film in March due to other projects on the horizon.
If a deal can be made, Hathaway would play a character who lives in Barbieland, where she gets kicked out basically because she's not flawless enough, is a bit eccentric and doesn't quite fit the mold. The script told of a woman that slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn't fit into the flawless land of Barbies and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.
After months of searching, it's rumored Sony is ready to fill the void with Oscar victor Anne Hathaway! Schumer reportedly polished the script when she was involved, so whether the concept will change in Hathaway and Jones' hands is unclear.
Anne Hathaway is in negotiations to star in Sony's upcoming "Barbie" film with Alethea Jonesin talks to direct, TheWrap has learned. But Amy Pascal, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce with Mattel's President and COO Richard Dickson serving as executive producer. "I'm bummed, but I look forward to seeing "Barbie" on the big screen".
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Sony has been working to give a new and modern spin to Barbie (the brand has been around for 50 years). She is also set to star in "Ocean's 8" with Sarah Paulson and Rihanna. While we do think Hathaway will be a great Barbie, we have to say it would be exciting to see an actor of colour take on the role, and we're not the only ones who think so.
Sony's live action Baribe is set to hit theaters on June 29, 2018.
In the tradition of films like Splash, Enchanted and Big, the Barbie movie reportedly will find the fashion doll, launched in 1959, banished from Barbieland for not being ideal enough and thrown into a real-world adventure. If Hathaway's schedule conflicts with the release date, a deal may not be made.
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