Sydney Sweeney To Star In New ‘Barbarella’ Remake For Sony

The classic 1968 sci-fi film Barbarella is remembered mainly because of Jane Fonda and the exotic, highly erotic outfit she wore. If there’s anything that’s due to be looked at from a fresh, contemporary perspective with a new star, it’s Barbarella, and that appears to be happening with Euphoria actor Sydney Sweeney.

Sony is set to remake Barbarella with Sweeney aboard to star and exec-produce, so this won’t be just another for-hire gig for her. The story is based on the comics by French artist Jean-Claude Forest, which really emphasized the sexualized aspects. Most are familiar through the 1968 live-action movie starring Fonda and directed by Roger Vadim. Pin-ups of Fonda were probably in the bedrooms of millions of horny teenage boys.

It’s unclear the direction this new version will take. The movie took place in the far-flung future where space adventurer Barbarella is tasked with stopping villain Durand Durand from using his positronic ray, a weapon that could spread destruction throughout the galaxy. Barbarella’s travels have her encounter many different aliens, who she engages with sexually on many occasions.

This continues Sweeney’s relationship with Sony, who also set her as part of the Marvel film Madame Web.

Barbarella is one of those classic genre films that was made by men for men to enjoy, but a female perspective could be very interesting to see.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.