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Anne Hathaway in talks to play living doll Barbie

Anne Hathaway is in talks to replace Amy Schumer as the star of a live-action Barbie movie.

Comedienne Schumer dropped out of the project in March (17), citing "scheduling conflicts".

The movie is slated for release next summer (18) and Oscar winner Hathaway has now emerged as the clear frontrunner for the lead role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a statement released in March, Schumer wrote: "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."

Schumer joined the project in December 2016, and helped revise Hilary Winston's script.

Days after Amy was cast in the Barbie film, she took on critics who insisted she was too fat to play the doll on screen.

Putting the bullies in their place, she wrote: "Is it fat shaming if you know you're not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don't think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love."

She added, "Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand. I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice (for Barbie). It's that kind of response that let's you know something's wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it."

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