Red Sonja is back.
And Robert Rodriguez has her.
The Grindhouse co-director will produce a new big-screen adventure featuring the flame-haired comic-book vixen. While Brigitte Nielsen wielded Sonja’s sword in the poorly received 1985 version, Rodriguez’s Planet Terror zombie slayer and real-life leading lady, Rose McGowan, will wiggle into the metal mesh bikini in the 2010 release.
“I was surprised when Rose brought me a script of Red Sonja that she liked,” Rodriguez says from his home base of Austin, where he is shooting Shorts, a family film with James Spader and Jon Cryer. “I found it very entertaining. Sonja was strong, smart, cunning — just about everything she’d have to be to survive.”
McGowan’s initial impulse when offered the part? To laugh.
“When they first came to me with it, I thought it was funny,” says the actress, 34. “I do have a body made for sitting on a veranda with mint juleps and a parasol. I don’t know why I always have to save the planet.”
Rodriguez considers her a perfect fit as the mighty, and mighty voluptuous, avenger. “Rose is a pistol. She’s whip-smart, has attitude to burn, is sexy, extremely strong, yet has a vulnerable side that would surprise her closest friends. That description also fits Red Sonja.”
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