If the cast shake-up rumors are true, we may soon see Anne Hathaway in a role that is plastic and fantastic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winning actress could be replacing Amy Schumer as the lead in Sony’s live-action film, Barbie, about the iconic Mattel doll.
Although Schumer was announced for the role in December, she released a statement in March announcing she would have to drop out 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 at the time.
The movie was initially slated to hit theaters in 2018, and as of yet there’s no word whether the recent cast development will affect that timeline.
There’s also no word yet whether or not the Schumer-version plot will hold steady.
According to THR, the movie intended to flip the script on traditional Barbie mythology by giving the eponymous character a focus on individuality and feminism. Long story short, a woman realizes she doesn’t fit into the perfect, superficial world in which she lives. She ventures into the real world and has an epiphany — being unique is a good thing.
To be honest, we have high hopes for the film with Hathaway at the helm (try saying that five times fast, ha!). She reportedly helped handpick rising Australian director Alethea Jones, suggesting she has a vested interest and likely strong opinions about the film.
Hathaway’s career has included a mix of both critically acclaimed work, like her Oscar-winning turn in Les Misérables, and romantic comedies or family-friendly fare, like Bride Wars and The Princess Diaries.
She certainly doesn’t seem to be afraid of taking chances, and she doesn’t shy away from identifying as a feminist.
Considering she has cited strong female figures like Meryl Streep, Patti Smith and Jane Austen as heroes, it seems like a safe assumption she’s got bigger ambitions for Barbie than simply getting behind the wheel of that classic pink convertible — and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.