Sydney Sweeney, known for her roles in “Euphoria” and “The White Lotus,” will star in a new film inspired by the 1968 science fiction film “Barbarella” starring Jane Fonda, according to a source familiar with the project.
Sony Pictures is developing a new “Barbarella” film, but neither a screenwriter nor a director has been attached to the project as of yet. Sweeney would additionally executive produce the project.
Fonda portrayed an astronaut from the 41st century who sets out to find and stop an evil scientist named Durand Durand, who plans to use a ray gun to reintroduce evil into the galaxy and endanger all of humanity.
The film directed by Fonda’s then-husband Roger Vadim turned the comic book series by Jean-Claude Forest into a stylized and hyper-sexualized story, with Vadim initially considering Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren to play the lead role of Barbarella.
Though it only grossed $2.5 million at the box office, it was the second-most popular film in the United Kingdom and has since become a cult classic that has influenced science fiction, pop culture, and fashion.
Sweeney has collaborated with Sony on two other upcoming projects, including the Marvel film “Madame Web” starring Dakota Johnson and “The Registration,” which Sony acquired. She will also star alongside Paul Walter Hauser, Simon Rex, and Halsey in “National Anthem.”
Sweeney is represented by Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobson & Teller.