Three days after the premiere Barbie broke box office records. The film has already become the biggest opening film of the year, grossing $155 million in its first weekend. Here the film has had the second largest premiere audience in Brazilian cinema since 2014. The success of the film was already predicted. Still, two actresses don’t seem convinced and have turned down the lead role in the movie Barbie.
The first option was comedian Amy Schumer, known from the series Inside Amy Schumer. The idea was to make a version of the puppet for a general audience, like a slapstick comedy. Amy eventually left the project due to “creative differences.”
“I can’t wait to see the film. I think it looks fantastic. I think we said there was a scheduling conflict. We said so. But they were really creative differences. But there’s a new team behind it and it looks really feminist and cool, so I’ll watch the film.”
Oscar winner rejects “Barbie”.
After Amy Schumer, it was Anne Hathaway’s turn to bring the puppet to life on the big screen. The screenplay, developed by Olivia Milch, wanted to appeal to the very actress she had worked with in Oito Mulheres e um Segredo (2018).
But in a change of plans, the rights to produce the Barbie film reverted to Mattel in 2018. The project was finally handed over to director Greta Gerwig and went in a different direction than previously planned.
With the move, Margot Robbie was considered for the role, having recently appeared on the big screen in films such as ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and ‘Amsterdam’. The actress would have put one condition to accepting a role: cast diversity.
“If [a Mattel] “If I hadn’t made this change to have a variety of Barbies, I don’t think I would have attempted to do a Barbie movie,” Robbie said in an interview with Time magazine.
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