Amy Schumer is in "negotiations" to play an "imperfect" Barbie doll an an upcoming Barbie movie with a female empowerment slant, Deadline reports. I can almost feel the internet collectively getting ready to pounce.
The storyline is apparently about a Barbie who gets kicked out of Barbieland for "not meeting the town’s standards." So she is forced out into the real world, where she learns important lessons about body image and self-esteem (something Schumer may know a thing or two about). This actually sounds kind of awesome, although I'm sure many parts of the internet will disagree.
The studio felt the Trainwreck actress' "edgy" comedy made her perfect for the role, as well as her "Barbie hair." But more importantly: "Schumer’s growing stature as a role model for female empowerment fits perfectly with how the film will exploit Barbie’s evolution into dolls of different sizes and shapes."
According to Deadline, the movie is meant to poke fun at Barbie and the sexist ideals the doll perpetuates among young girls. Also, Sony Pictures and the movie’s producers are reportedly planning to hire a female director. Personally, I think we are wayyyyy overdue for a Barbie whose physical proportions wouldn't technically kill her. This could either be the badass feminist Barbie movie we all need, or a major disappointment. Either way, you know it will rile some people.
The movie is set to be released in the summer 2018. Plan your outrage accordingly.