When I first posted that ol' Dino De Laurentiis was planning to remake his Jane Fonda classic, Barbarella, a number of readers offered their picks. Lots of names were thrown into the mix -- Pamela Anderson, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Uma Thurman. One name I don't recall seeing -- Kate Beckinsale. Although she has completely escaped our musing radar, the Daily Express says that industry insiders have told them that she is one of the frontrunners for the role. Just how many frontrunners are there, and who else is on the list? Give us details, people! We know that the hot Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing it, but it's the actress who we're really curious about.

According to their source: "Jane Fonda made the Barbarella role very much her own all those years ago, and she's bound to be a tough act to follow. But the feeling is that Kate has just the right combination of beauty, humor and acting talent for the part." Let's see. She's got the beauty, whether she's holding a can of Diet Coke and heading out for some sun, or wearing shiny, skin-tight blackness. The comedy she's not as familiar with, unless she's laughing on the inside, although she did have her stints in Serendipity and Click. As for acting talent, I'd agree that she can act, but is that really necessary? I could only see her acting skills being relevant if she was Rose McGowan, who is an old pro at sexy camp. So, with everything considered, could she pull of Barbarella? I'd say there's a decent chance. I can visually picture her in the role, I just don't know if she can raise it to the heights of cult classic. Then again, this isn't your '60's Barbarella.
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