Sydney Sweeney as Barbarella in the Sony Pictures remake

This 1968 sci-fi favorite by Roger Vadim, starring Jane Fonda as the eponymous space explorer, has enjoyed remake rumbles before.

(Left to right): Sydney Sweeney at the 2022 HBO Emmy's Party; and Jane Fonda as the title "barbara"

(Left to right): Sydney Sweeney at the 2022 HBO Emmy’s Party; and Jane Fonda as the titular “Barbarella”

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Rumors of a Barbarella remake have swirled around studios for years, but it seems Sony Pictures has finally found an actress up to the challenge of filling Jane Fonda’s shiny space boots. Deadline reported Tuesday that two-time Emmy nominee Sydney Sweeney, best known for HBO’s The White Lotus and Euphoria, would star and executive produce in a reimagining of Roger Vadim’s 1968 space adventure.

The news follows announcements confirming Sweeney’s involvement in two other Sony films. She will play an undisclosed role opposite Dakota Johnson in Madame Web and will both star and executive produce an adaptation of Madison Lawson’s thriller The Registration.

As with the original sci-fi flick, the early-stage remake of Barbarella was rumored to be adapting Jean-Claude Forest’s comic series, which ran in early 1962 as a sequel to French publication V Magazine before being published as a book in 1964, although Vadim wasn’t An instant critical or box-office success, it has garnered a cult following in the decades since it hit theaters.

The film follows the eponymous Barbarella – a 41st-century intergalactic explorer and representative of a United Earth (ha!) – as she hunts down rogue scientist Durand Durand and the dangerous laser technology that human intelligence developed from him. On her journey, Barbarella encounters a multitude of strange beings who question her innocence and pure vision of the galaxy.

The campy film explores themes of sexual liberation and, while its success in this arena is debatable, remains notable for a unique visual style, highly inventive character and set designs, and a prolific, contemporary appreciation for good old Lynda Carter- Bodysuit and booties saw plenty of it in the ’70s. Fonda’s performance as Barbarella is divisive among critics, with some arguing that her character’s genderless naivete is played in distance rather than satirical, and others saying that Fonda was the one who made the rest of the strangely slow film watchable.

Among the numerous remakes rumored over the years, Rose McGowan was previously set to play “Barbarella” in a project the actor was developing with then-fiancé Robert Rodriguez.

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Lindsay Lowe

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