The Sony project is currently without a director.
Amy Schumer won’t play Barbie after all.
The actress has dropped out of Sony’s Barbie, in which she was supposed to play the character that inspired the iconic doll.
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” Schumer said Thursday in a statement. “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, who had joined the project in December, recently did a polish on the script by Hilary Winston. Schumer’s schedule has become quite busy: Her latest comedy Snatched is due out in May, and on Thursday it also was announced that she is joining the cast of Rebecca Miller’s She Came to Me with Steve Carell.
Mattel and producers Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal are teaming on the Barbie project, which will try to put a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity.
The pic also is currently without a director. In December, Sony pushed its release from May 12, 2017, to June 29, 2018.
“We respect and support Amy’s decision,” said a Sony spokesperson. “We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and sharing updates on casting and filmmakers soon.”