Amy Schumer drops out of role as Barbie in upcoming film

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2016, file photo, Amy Schumer arrives at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Schumer posted on Instagram Dec. 19, 2016, that she had bought the farm her family once owned as a gift for her father. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amy Schumer won’t be playing Barbie after all.

Variety reports the comedian has dropped out of a live-action film based on the Mattel doll due to scheduling conflicts. Variety says the movie was scheduled to start shooting on June 23, but Schumer has a lengthy promotional tour for her comedy, “Snatched,” which opens in May. She’s also set to begin shooting “She Came to Me” with Steve Carrell soon.

The magazine says Sony needs to stick to a June 29, 2018, opening date for the Barbie film, because merchandise surrounding the film’s release is already in the works. The studio says it respects and supports Schumer’s decision.

Schumer defended her casting in the film in December, saying she was a “great choice” to play “an important and evolving icon.”

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