What we know about Sydney Sweeney's Barbarella reboot

Edgar Wright is reportedly in talks to direct the sci-fi remake

 Sydney Sweeney a press conference for the movie Immaculate
Sydney Sweeney will star in Edgar Wright's reboot of Barabella. (Getty)

Sydney Sweeney is heading to space in a reboot of '60s sci-fi cult classic Barbarella.

The Euphoria star will put a fresh spin on Jane Fonda's iconic role as the interstellar adventurer tasked with saving the world.

Here is everything we know about the Barbarella reboot so far.

Actress Jane Fonda appears on an Italian poster for Barbarella
Jane Fonda played Barbarella in the cult 1968 film. (Getty)

The Barbarella remake doesn't yet have a release date. However, we do know the film is in development at Sony Pictures, with Sweeney serving as both star and executive producer.

The actor was first linked to the project in late 2022, following her breakout roles in HBO dramas Euphoria and The White Lotus. In an Instagram post, the actor wrote: "Time to save the universe."

As of May 2024, Barbarella is still without a confirmed director or writer. However, Baby Driver and Hot Fuzz filmmaker Edgar Wright in talks to helm the movie, according to Variety.

Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman is apparently being lined up to write the script, along with her daughter Honey Ross.

Fans may face a long wait until the film hits screen. Wright is currently preparing to shoot his next film, a remake of 1987's The Running Man, while Sweeney has several other movies in the pipeline, including Echo Valley and Eden. We'll update this article once a release date is confirmed.

Jane Fonda in a scene from Barbarella
The character is an interstellar adventurer tasked with saving the world. (Paramount/Alamy)

Barbarella is based on the French comic book series by Jean-Claude Forest. Fonda brought the character to the big screen in the 1968 film adaptation directed by Roger Vadim.

The original film follows the astronaut from the 41st century on a mission to stop evil scientist Durand Durand from destroying the earth with a power-powered weapon.

Barbarella was not a huge hit at the box office, but has since become a cult classic and inspired the name of the band Duran Duran.

Producer Bob Evans once proposed a sequel – suggestively titled Barbarella Goes Down – but the project never went ahead. From Dusk Till Dawn director Robert Rodriguez was due to direct a reboot in 2008, with Rose McGowan playing the lead role, but that film was also scrapped.

Sydney Sweeney at 92NY in New York City
Sweeney will serve as executive producer on the reboot. (Getty)

The movie divides critics as some consider the scantily-clad female hero to be objectified in a galaxy dominated by men. However, others view her exploration of her own sexuality to be empowering and that as a woman tasked with saving the world, Barbarella is in fact a feminist heroine.

Speaking to the Happy Sad Confused podcast in March 2024, Sweeney said Barbarella "embraces her femininity and her sexuality, and I love that. She uses sex as a weapon and I think it's such an interesting way into a sci-fi world."

Fonda, however, has expressed her concern over the remake. "I try not to [think about it]. Because I worry about what it's going to be," she told the Hollywood Reporter in January 2023.


The Barbarella remake is in development