“They definitely didn’t want to do it the way I wanted to do it”: Amy Schumer Reveals She Was the Original Choice to Play Barbie Before Role Went to Margot Robbie

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Before Margot Robbie found herself in a Barbie costume, it was the American comedian Amy Schumer who had the reins. The upcoming Barbie movie had been a plan for many years with different actresses attached to the lead role.


Amy Schumer recently revealed that there was another reason that she left the Greta Gerwig-directed movie. The reason that she cited…was a creative difference.

Amy Schumer was once cast as the lead role.
Amy Schumer was once cast as the lead role.

Sony Had The Wrong Gal With Amy Schumer

When she was originally cast, Amy Schumer was attached for the lead role of Barbie back in 2016. Four months later in 2017, the Trainwreck actress announced that she had to depart the movie due to scheduling conflicts. She further stated that she regretted the decision since Sony and Mattel had clearly a very good partnership and the Barbie movie was going to be a hit.

Amy Schumer was not the right gal for Sony.
Amy Schumer was not the right gal for Sony.

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As the release date of the upcoming movie approaches, the actress recently cited another reason that she had to depart from the movie. Citing the reason to be a creative difference, Amy Schumer stated that they had “got the wrong gal”.

“They definitely didn’t want to do it the way I wanted to do it, the only way I was interested in doing it,”

She further stated that upon the casting, the studio had sent her a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes. Seemingly taking an insult to that, Schumer stated that it seemed as if every girl wanted that (which wasn’t the case for her).


“The idea that that’s just what every woman must want, right there, I should have gone, ‘You’ve got the wrong gal.'”

At one point Anne Hathaway was also reported to be attached to the film until Margot Robbie handled the reins of the movie. The teaser for the upcoming Barbie recently dropped on YouTube and it is nothing short of a Stanley Kubrick movie.

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Barbie Looks Like Stanely Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

Barbie's teaser looks like a Stanley Kubrick movie.
Barbie’s teaser looks like a Stanley Kubrick movie.

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With the released teaser for Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, fans started drawing parallels to the Stanley Kubrick legend 2001: A Space Odyssey. The teaser features a suspenseful and unsettling music score along with Margot Robbie’s tall character of Barbie.

Although the movie is not Sci-fi/adventure like Kubrick’s masterpiece, Barbie is stated to be a satirical comedy on patriarchy and how people wish for a near-perfect world. The movie also features Will Ferrell along with Ryan Gosling portraying the character of Ken the doll.

Barbie is slated for a release on 23rd July 2023 in theaters.


Source: People


Written by Visarg Acharya

Articles Published: 2013

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.