Anne Hathaway may be moving into the Barbie dream house soon. The upcoming live-action film based on the beloved Mattel doll lost its lead when comedian and actor Amy Schumer dropped out in December due to her busy schedule. Now it looks like Hathaway may be preparing to sport a blond wig and some very unrealistic body proportions.
Amy Pascal, who is set to producer the upcoming Barbie film, teased earlier this month that Schumer’s replacement would likely be an Oscar-winning actress. Early bets were for Jennifer Lawrence, who took home an Academy Award for her work in Silver Linings Playbook, Emma Stone, who won Best Actress this year for La La Land, and Reese Witherspoon, who won an Oscar in 2005 for her role as June Carter in Walk The Line.
Of course, there was also the chance that Hollywood could think outside the Mattel box and cast a Barbie that didn’t have blonde hair and porcelain skin, with Oscar-winning actors Lupita Nyong’o, Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson all exciting options.
But now it looks like Pascal and Co. will be playing it safe and casting Anne Hathaway as Ken’s main squeeze, with Hathaway having taken home an Oscar for 2012’s Les Miserables. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Hathaway is currently in negotiations to play Barbie, with the deal dependent on whether Hathaway’s schedule is amenable to Sony sticking to their planned June 29, 2018 release date.
Hathaway is definitely a solid choice to play the iconic Barbie. The actor has proven her impressive, chameleon-like transformation abilities in several of her roles, including portraying the sexy and dangerous Catwoman in The Dark Knight and the famous Fantine in Les Mis. While we do think Hathaway will be a great Barbie, we have to say it would be exciting to see an actor of colour take on the role, and we’re not the only ones who think so.
During her promo tour for Snatched, Schumer suggested Mindy Kaling as her replacement when asked who she thought should take on the iconic role. Following the news that Hathaway was in talks to play Barbie, Orange Is The New Black actor Danielle Brooks tweeted that even though it took Mattel decades to create a Barbie doll with curves, she still hoped she would be considered for the role. Brooks may not be an Oscar winner (yet), but she does have a Tony-nomination under her belt, which is even more impressive than a pink convertible.
— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) July 25, 2017
Will Hathaway make a great Barbie? Of course. But would we like to see Barbie and her Malibu friends representing a wide vary of shapes, sizes, abilities and colours for young viewers to look up to? Definitely. Maybe in the sequel?