A classic in pulpy sci-fi films is returning for a new generation with a fresh new face attached.
Deadline reports that Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney is set to executive produce and star in a new version of Barbarella. The movie is still in early development at Sony Pictures, following the announcement by the estate of comic book creator Jean-Claude Forest back in 2020 that the space heroine would be returning to the big screen.
Sony and rising star Sweeney are building up quite a relationship. Not only will the actress star in Sony’s upcoming Marvel Comics adaptation Madame Web, but the studio recently acquired The Registration, which is set to see Sweeney produce and act.
The original Barbarella is quite the cult classic. The film follows an astronaut from the 41st century who sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.
The 1968 movie – directed by Roger Vadim and starring Jane Fonda in the title role – wasn’t successful at the time, but soon developed a cult following and is a formative sci-fi film for plenty of fans.
Sydney Sweeney is fresh off HBO’s The White Lotus and the second season of Euphoria, for which she earned Emmy nominations for both projects.
Along with Madame Web, Sweeney recently wrapped the Tony Tost film National Anthem, which also stars Simon Rex and Halsey, and she is also attached to play whistleblower Reality Winner in a drama about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
The new Barbarella currently has no writer or director attached.