Hollywood’s rising star Sydney Sweeney is going to be at the helm of a classic 1968 Jane Fonda movie remake—Barbarella. Sweeney has earned quite the prodigy status at Sony Pictures, with multiple projects from the production house added to her slate after her Emmy-nominated performances in HBO’s White Lotus and Euphoria raked up a storm in the industry.
The original 1968 film was an adaptation of writer and illustrator Jean-Claude Forest’s French comic book series. Fonda starred as the eponymous space-traveling protagonist. Despite the film garnering a lukewarm response from the audiences and average box office success at the time, it gained cult-classic status as the decades passed, with Barbarella now regarded as one of Fonda’s most memorable and iconic roles in cinema.
Sweeney alluded to her involvement with the project by sharing an image of an artwork from the original 1968 space-themed oeuvre and wrote in the caption, “time to save the universe.”
The 1968 sci-fi epic, directed by Roger Vadim, followed the story of an astronaut from the 41st century, who embarks on a journey to fight the evil scientist Durand Durand who is threatening to reintroduce evil into the galaxy with his Positronic Ray.
The film is still in its early developmental stage and hasn’t roped in any director, producer or writer yet. However, according to the grapevine, the multitalented Sweeney is all set to not just star in the movie but also executive produce it.
The Euphoria star is already becoming a big deal in Hollywood, with Sony and other big production houses scooping her up for major projects including the Marvel epic Madame Webb opposite Dakota Johnson. She recently wrapped production on the Tony Tost film National Anthem, which co-stars Simon Rex and Halsey, and will soon be portraying the role of famous whistleblower Reality Winner, the former American intelligence specialist who leaked a report about Russian interference in the 2016 elections, in an upcoming drama.
The actress added another feather to her already crowded cap when she launched a production company with hands-on involvement in the process. Besides starring in the adaptation of The Registration by Madison Lawson, the booked-and-busy star also recently partnered with Endeavor Content to produce a TV adaptation of The Players Table, and “we have never *ever* been happier” for her (IYKYK)!