The latest word from behind the scenes of the live-action Barbie movie has Academy Award winner (and host) Anne Hathaway circling the film's lead role. Following recent developments that saw the departure of comic actor Amy Schumer, things have been a little up in the air with regard to the Sony production. With a summer 2018 release date in place, the movie has yet to find a director and has gone through numerous drafts from several prominent screenwriters -- most notably including Juno scribe Diablo Cody.
Based on the popular line of dolls created by the Mattel toy company in 1959, Barbie has become more than a mere brand in the interceding decades since its initial inception. Sporting its own illustrious history that includes numerous multi-media tie-in productions, the ever popular children's toy has never faded from the popular consciousness -- and the latest word has a significant development in regard to which actress may finally bring the property to life.
According to The Tracking Board, Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway is currently being considered for the lead role in the live-action Barbie movie, providing the upcoming production fits with what we can assume is a very busy schedule. It is also currently believed that Aletha Jones is being considered to direct, with Amy Pascal, Walter F. Parkes, and Laurie MacDonald of Sony co-producing in association with Mattel.
While it's still a little early to consider anything to be definitively in place, it would definitely be a natural fit to cast Hathaway as the lead in a live-action Barbie movie. Featuring an original screenplay centering around a doll living in an idyllic "Barbieland" who is expelled from paradise for being imperfect, the movie appears to be on course to raise a few eyebrows regardless of its chosen star.
Hathaway recently wrapped filming on the franchise spinoff Ocean's Eight, and wowed audiences with her surprising turn in the indie monster movie Colossal from earlier this year. Granted nothing too tricky comes up that would represent an insurmountable scheduling conflict, Hathaway would fill in the title role in Barbie to a tee -- even if some fans of Amy Schumer might still be feeling the pangs of losing out on what could have been a distinctively different take on the popular and iconic doll.
Barbie will see theatrical release in the U.S. on June 29, 2018.
Source: The Tracking Board