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It's been just a few days since we learned Amy Schumer would no longer be attached to the Mattel Barbie movie. In that time, we've heard literally nothing about where the Barbie movie is at or who could replace the actress in the big fish-out-of-water story. However, that hasn't stopped Amy Schumer herself from openly discussing who she would love to see get cast in the Barbie movie. Here's what she had to say while promoting Snatched at CinemaCon.
Mindy [Kaling] would be great. I don't know, I'm excited to see who [gets cast].
Mindy Kaling wasn't the only leading lady that Amy Schumer listed as a potential replacement. She also joked around that Goldie Hawn, who co-stars with her in Snatched and only recently got back into the acting game. She also hinted that any of the ladies in HBO's Big Little Lies could and should be cast. (That includes Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern.) Mindy Kaling, however, seemed to be a serious response and would be a good fit for a number of reasons.
Mainly, she's a comedienne like Amy Schumer who is capable of ad-libbing and would totally fit into the role of a Barbie character who doesn't fit in with all the other Barbies. She also has proved on The Mindy Project that she has the fashionista personality to easily be envisioned as part of the Barbie world, and with The Mindy Project starting to wrap up, she should be free sooner rather than later.
We're also assuming that Sony is wanting a somewhat young person to take on the role, and while the likes of Laura Dern and Goldie Hawn are still capable of doing a lot of great work on the big screen, like Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling is still in her thirties. Assuming that's probably the rough age range the studio is looking for, that's also a bonus for Kaling.
At this point, it's hard to tell how Mindy Kaling would feel about taking on this sort of role and whether or not that would bet he direction that Sony and Mattel would want to ultimately go in. We don't even know if the Barbie movie will get off of the ground or will be shelved until further notice in the wake of Amy Schumer quitting the movie due to scheduling conflicts. Beyond Schumer's comments to Yahoo, it could be some time before there's any word on where this property will ultimately go, but we'll keep you posted every step of the way.
In the meantime, how would you feel about Mindy Kaling taking over for Amy Schumer in the movie? There was some backlash to her casting and we wonder who you think might be a good fit. Let us know in the comments below, or vote in our most excellent poll.