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Amy Schumer Could Play Barbie In A New Movie With An Inspiring Message

It's OK to be unique.

Amy Schumer's latest movie role is sure to be a bit of a departure from the raunchy humor we're used to seeing from her. But as her recent memoir proved, the actress and comedian is full of surprises.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumer is in talks to star in Sony's live-action Barbie movie, based on the beloved Mattel doll. The film, whose script Schumer is expected to rewrite with her sister Kim Caramele, will reportedly tackle issues such as body image, a topic the actress herself has previously addressed.

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THR describes the film as "a story that begins in a perfect land of Barbies, where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn't fit in. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset." It will reportedly be a family comedy similar to Splash and Enchanted. That's not Schumer's usual audience, but the fact that young viewers will be exposed to such a positive message is great news.

It looks to be a step in the right direction for how popular culture views a frequently controversial toy. Barbie's figure, in particular, has come under scrutiny in modern times for setting what many believe to be unrealistic beauty standards for the girls who play with her.

Meanwhile, Mattel has recently been making some promising changes to the classic doll. Last year it released dolls modeled after real, inspiring women, or "sheroes." Then this year the brand gifted size-16 model Ashley Graham with a Barbie of her own, following through with her request that the doll's thighs touch. Hopefully, if Schumer's new film is a success, we can see dolls of all shapes and sizes lining the toy aisles in the near future.

Cover image: Sky Cinema / Shutterstock.com

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