Amy Schumer's next role is already turning heads and lighting Twitter on fire.
The outspoken, often brash comedian and star of the film “Trainwreck” is slated to take the starring role in an upcoming movie....about Barbie.
The film aims to put a relevant modern spin on the iconic line of dolls first introduced by Mattel in 1959.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on Schumer's character, who lives in a perfect Barbie-filled world where nearly everyone is beautiful and cheery— and where her character soon realizes she doesn't really belong.
She is soon banished from her homeland because she doesn't fit in, and the character winds up in our world, where she learns to love what makes her unique.
Mattel, for whom Barbie is still a $3 billion-a-year business, has generally been protective about how Barbie is portrayed, but they reportedly agreed enthusiastically to the empowering, positive message the film wants to bring to the big screen.
Of course, traditionally, Barbie has been a slender, normatively attractive young woman with long blonde hair— and even though Schumer has the long blonde hair down, a lot of folks on Twitter are seemingly not ready for what they consider a “plus-size” Barbie— and they're not being nice about it.
Of course, not everybody was onboard for the merciless fat-shaming— some even seemed enthusiastic about the film:
Schumer's material may run R-rated normally, but Barbie will be marketed as a family comedy, likely with a PG rating.
The film is slated for a summer 2018 release.