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Amy Schumer drops out of live-action 'Barbie' movie

By Wade Sheridan
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Amy Schumer drops out of live-action 'Barbie' movie
Amy Schumer arrives on the red carpet when Glamour Celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Woman of the Year Awards on November 9, 2015. Schumer has dropped out of an upcoming film based on "Barbie" from Sony and Mattel. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

March 24 (UPI) -- Amy Schumer has announced that she will no longer be able to star in an upcoming live-action film based on Barbie.

"Sadly, I'm no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts," the actress said in a statement.

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"The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I'm bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen," she continued.

"We respect and support Amy's decision," a spokesperson for Sony added. "We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and sharing updates on casting and filmmakers soon."

The live-action adaptation of Barbie was expected to start production this summer, Variety reported.

Schumer will be kept busy as she promotes her upcoming comedy with Goldie Hawn Snatched as it opens in May and as she prepares to star in She Came to Me opposite Steve Carell.

Previously, Schumer had fought back against critics of her casting in the Barbie film as detractors claimed that the comedian did not fit the iconic doll's slim appearance and signature look.

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"They can scream as loud as they want. We can't hear them because we are getting [expletive] done. I am proud to lead by example. "I say if I'm beautiful, I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story. I will," she wrote on social media in response.

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