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For as long as most of us can remember, Mattel has had its eyes on bringing their most popular doll to the big screen, but their efforts to put Barbie on cinemas have proven futile so far. While Mattel may have had big plans for the property, Barbie and her fashionable friends have so far been only been seen in direct-to-video animated features aimed primarily at young audiences. However, all of this could finally change if the latest casting rumors for a Barbie movie turn out to be true.

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Hathaway in 'The Devil Wears Prada' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Hathaway in 'The Devil Wears Prada' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Mattel and approached Award-winning actress and director Alethea Jones with the movie in mind - a project that has been in development for quite some time.

From a tragic prostitute in the cinematic adaptation of Les Miserables to an astronaut in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic, Interstellar, Hathaway has made a name for herself with an expansive variety of roles. Her most recent movie was in the critically acclaimed Colossal, where she played a drunk writer who can somehow control a Kaiju in Seoul, South Korea.

Alethea Jones is best known for her work on episodes for television series such as Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street and a number of short films, but Hathaway reportedly handpicked her to helm the Barbie movie. Should she officially join the production, Barbie will be Jones' biggest project to date.

This tandem marks a significant shift for the upcoming movie, since Hathaway's typical on-screen humor differs from that of the movie's original star, . While Schumer is known for her improvised, raunchy approach to comedy, Hathaway has starred in titles such as The Devil Wears Prada and The Princess Diaries. How this will affect Barbie has yet to be seen, but it seems to be a new direction that will keep fans guessing until more information is revealed.

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'Trainwreck' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'Trainwreck' [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Barbie was originally envisioned as a vehicle for Schumer, where she would have played the titular character. Schumer's typical jokes and contemporary themes of body-positivity, feminism and identity were factors of the previously planned Barbie movie, which would have been created in the vein of hits such as Big and Enchanted.

Before shooting began, Barbie was subjected to criticism because of Schumer's involvement. Most of the flak Barbie received was aimed at Schumer's style of comedy and her appearance, which prompted body-shaming on social media.

Schumer has since responded to those who saw her body as a problem for Barbie with a post on Instagram:

Schumer ultimately left due to scheduling conflicts, with the Snatched star stating that she was "bummed" to leave the project. However, she remains optimistic for Barbie and promised to catch it on the big screen.

Schumer's exit meant that her version of the film was almost entirely scrapped, and it's now up to the new creative duo to make a Barbie movie that will have something for everyone. Sony is aiming for a June 29, 2018 release, but this could change depending on the ongoing negotiations.

What are your thoughts on these new developments for the Barbie movie? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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