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The Untold Story of Barbie: Why Amy Schumer Rejected the Actress Role Before Margot Robbie

In July 2023, the Greta Gerwig directed film “Barbie” starring Margot Robbie is set to release in theaters. Even before its release, the trailer and posters have made waves across social media platforms. However, did you know that Margot Robbie was not the first choice for the lead role in the movie? Let’s find out who was originally considered and why they decided against it.

Who was supposed to play Barbie?

Before Margot Robbie was cast, the film’s original lead was supposed to be played by Amy Schumer, a well-known American actress, producer, and screenwriter. The decision was made in 2016 when Sony held the rights to the project instead of Warner Bros. The agreement between Amy and Sony was not only for her to play the lead but also to be part of the team of writers for the script.

Why did Amy Schumer choose not to play the lead?

At first, Amy Schumer had cited scheduling conflicts as the reason for backing out of the project. However, years later, she revealed that the real reason was creative differences. She had a vision for an “Inventor Barbie”, but the studio had other ideas. Amy was disappointed when she learned that her character would create jelly slippers, which wasn’t what she had in mind. She wanted the character to be inventor Barbie, who had bigger ideas and aspirations.

What tipped the balance for Amy?

The studio gifting her a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes convinced Amy that she wasn’t the right fit for the role. She believed that the idea that every woman should want a pair of expensive shoes like Manolo Blahnik’s was not something she believed in, and thus, she stepped away from the project altogether.

In conclusion, while Margot Robbie is all set to play the iconic role of Barbie on the big screen in 2023, it is interesting to note how the film’s first choice, Amy Schumer, had to leave the project due to creative differences. With such talented actresses being considered for the lead role, it remains to be seen how the Greta Gerwig directed “Barbie” turns out.

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