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Amy Schumer Exits Role of Barbie in Upcoming Live-Action Movie

By: Joe Hyer

March 24, 2017

Amy Schumer has officially moved out of Barbie’s dream house.

The actress/comedian announced on Thursday (March 23) that she won’t be able to play the role of Barbie in the upcoming live-action film because of scheduling conflicts. Schumer originally signed on to the role in December.

“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts. The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen,” Schumer said in a statement.

A Sony spokesperson said on Thursday that they respect Amy's decision, and they will be making casting announcements soon.

You may recall that internet trolls attacked the 35-year-old actress when the casting was announced in December because “her body type” didn't match Barbie’s slim body. Schumer responded with a powerful message on Instagram in early December:

Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon. Is it fat shaming if you know you're not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don't think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where's the shame? It's not there. It's an illusion. When I look in the mirror I know who I am. Im a great friend, sister, daughter and girlfriend. I'm a badass comic headlining arenas all over the world and making tv and movies and writing books where I lay it all out there and I'm fearless like you can be. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand. I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice. It's that kind of response that let's you know something's wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it. Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us. And I want you to fight for yourself too! We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them. They can scream as loud as they want. We can't hear them because we are getting shit done. I am proud to lead by example. "I say if I'm beautiful, I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story. I will" #thegirlwiththelowerbacktattoo

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The Barbie film is expected to be released in July 2018.