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Amy Schumer has today confirmed that she will be joining Sarah Silverman, Rebel Wilson, Melissa Mcartney and several other caucasian female stand-up comedians as the lead star in an upcoming Hollywood all-female Spielberg remake.
Last month, Paul Feig, director of “Bridesmaids” and co-creator of “Freaks and Geeks” (along with Judd Apatow), took to Twitter to confirm perhaps the biggest movie news of the fall season: a new “Saving Private Ryan” film is officially in the works—and will have a cast of all women.
The film, which is set to be ‘vaguely similar’ to the original 1998 war epic starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, has already been met with criticism online, with historians taking to social media to question how a movie that is based on true events can be remade with an all-female cast.
However, despite the initial uproar and accusations of ‘Hollywood-bait’ cast members and producers insist they are confident in the project.
It is believed the new version will also include the opening twenty-seven-minute depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy landings – only with all female soldiers on both sides of the conflict.
It will also follow the original plot which follows a team of Army Ranger as they search for a paratrooper, Private First Class Karen Francis Ryan (Rebel Wilson), who is the last-surviving sister of four servicewomen.
While scepticism has come to be expected upon the announcement of all-female remakes, the project has today found momentum, with Hollywood superstar Amy Schumer confirming her involvement – the Trainwreck star is set to play Captain Private Janet H. Miller – who his vaguely based on the character of Captain John H. Miller, played by Hanks.
Producers predict the all-female remake will be received well, and hope to match, if not surpass the accolades of the original – a tough job considering the critical acclaim met by Spielberg’s version for film, cast, and crew, as well as its significant returns at the box office.
‘Saving Private Ryan 1’ grossed US$481.8 million worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing film of the year. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards; Spielberg’s direction won his second Academy Award for Best Director, with four more awards going to the film.
Schumer has today told Buzzfeed that she hopes to put a ‘sassy’ spin on the historic war film, and looks forward to doing the story justice.
“This will be the first all-female WWII film ever made”
“I’m very proud to be involved”