Comedian Amy Schumer is set to star in Sony Pictures’ live-action “Barbie” movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is envisioned as a family comedy with heart in the vein of “Splash,” “Big” and “Enchanted” that also puts “a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity.”
Schumer, who won an Emmy for her series “Inside Amy Schumer,” will play a woman in a land of perfect Barbies who realizes her eccentricities make her not quite fit in. The Barbie then travels to the real world, where she discovers the benefits of being unique. Eventually, Deadline adds, she has to return to Barbieland to save it, armed with the knowledge that “perfect comes from 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.”
Schumer will work on the script for the film along with her sister Kim Caramele, based on an initial idea from Hilary Winston. The film will be produced by Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal. No director is attached, but Deadline reports the studio is looking for a female director.
This isn’t the only Barbie movie in the works, as Reese Witherspoon is set to produce a film about Ruth Handler, who created the popular doll.
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