Jane Fonda Confirms '9 to 5' Sequel to Star Original Cast, Address #MeToo
As Fonda explained to reporters while promoting an upcoming HBO documentary about her life, she is actively collaborating with writers Rashida Jones and Pat Rosnick on the potential sequel which would also feature original cast members Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin.
"Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it," she confirmed.
When news of the sequel first hit earlier this year, it seemed a given that it would incorporate the #MeToo movement, since the first movie blazed the trail by telling the story of harassment and misogyny in the workplace.
And if the sequel doesn't, Fonda added, “I’m not going to be in it."
Fonda revealed a bit of the sequel's potential plot, noting that the workplace is, in many ways, "worse today."
"Back in the day the company was called Consolidated, which it still is in the new one. You were hired by the company and complained to the company," she noted. "Today, a lot of the work force is hired by an outside company. Who do you talk to if you have a problem?"
She added, "With social media everything is spied upon ... So it’s much worse."
Still, the #MeToo movement has had an effect on the workplace. "I do think sexual harassment will tend to drop," Fonda said with a smile. "Guys are scared."