It seems like Anne Hathaway is meant to play every little girl’s dream role. First, she was your regular-teenager-turned-princess. Now, the Oscar-winning actress may be stepping into Barbie’s little plastic heels.
After losing Amy Schumer due to scheduling conflicts, Sony Pictures may have found its replacement for the upcoming live-action Barbie movie, with Anne Hathaway in talks for the lead role.
It was Schumer herself who first hinted on social media that Hathaway was in talks to replace her in the feature film. On Tuesday, the 36-year-old comedian posted about Anne’s potential casting for the role. “Hathaway smathaway,” she captioned the selfie—quickly pointing out that she was joking. “Jkjk she’s perfect!! Can’t wait to see it!”.
Though Hathaway is the frontrunner for the part, studio reps said casting is still premature as scheduling arrangements have not been worked out and there is no deal as yet.
The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic doll was originally expected to star production on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule included a promotional tour for her new comedy Snateched, as well as shooting for She Came to Me next to Steve Carell.
Sony is still shooting for its original release date on June 29 of next year, though it’s not clear when production would start. Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion, and shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders. ´
The Barbie movie is said to be in the vein of pre-millennium rom-coms such as Splash, Enchanted, and Big. In it, the main character gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and lands in a real-world adventure, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.
Hathaway was last seen in the indie Colossal and will next be seen palling around Rihanna and Sarah Paulson in Ocean’s 8, and with Rebel Wilson in Nasty Woman.
Anne, take the wheel… of that pink dream convertible!