Positronic! Sydney Sweeney to star in ‘Barbarella’ remake

Thanks to Emmy-nominated turns in both The White Lotus and Euphoria for HBO, Sydney Sweeney has become one of the most sought-after actors on the planet these days. But for her new role, she’s leaving Earth and the small screen far behind, apparently joining Sony’s next film. Barbarelle film to reprise the lead role that Jane Fonda first turned into a sci-fi cult classic over 50 years ago.

Deadline reports that Sweeney has teamed up with Sony Pictures as executive producer and titular star of the update. Barbarellea film first announced to receive the remake treatment in 2020.

For Sweeney, this is the second big movie role to be announced this week. Going through Deadlineshe is also slated to star in Universal Pictures’ film adaptation of The Guardianthe short story by Marcus Kliewer (We used to live here) about a woman who bites off more than expected after responding to an innocent job posting on Craigslist. Sweeney would produce The Guardian under his Fifty-Fifty Films banner with his partner Jonathan Davino. Mega-producer Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon) and Brad Fuller (A silent place, The purge) also produce through their Platinum Dunes banner, with Scott Glassgold (The Beyond) through his production company Ground Control.

It is unclear if, or how, the new Barbarelle The film will pick up the 41st century story from the previous film, so it’s too early to say if the studio will build on director Roger Vadim’s original 1968 film. The remake reportedly hasn’t landed on a writer or director yet, though. Barbarelle marks the third cinematic collaboration between Sweeney and Sony: she should also star alongside Dakota Johnson in Spider Man spin off Madame Webas well as a film adaptation of author Madison Lawson’s dystopian murder novel The record.

Starring Fonda in the title role, the original Barbarelle told a cheerfully campy story of an Earth ambassador sent to the far reaches of space to hunt down the evil Durand Durand, the scientist responsible for the “Positronic” laser weapon that threatens to destroy the planet. In a way, the film even pioneered the comic book-to-film adaptation pipeline that provides today’s Hollywood with a steady stream of blockbusters: it was adapted from a comic book series from the early 1960s by French designer Jean-Claude Forest.

Although it didn’t really light up the box office with ticket sales, Barbarelle has persisted in the imagination of successive generations of science fiction enthusiasts. Of course, newcomers to ’80s music Duran Duran took their band’s name from the film’s villain (and would later release “Electric Barbarella,” a 1997 hit single whose homage was even more on the nose), while the film itself became a regular sight. on the late-night TV dial as a staple of syndicated sci-fi movie favorites.

It’s unclear when Sweeney and Sony will teleport Barbarelle back to the rooms. Sweeney’s next date with science fiction will arrive in February 2024, when Madame Web expected to expand Sony’s growth Spider Man movie verse.

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