It’s official: Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are set to shut down sexual harassment in the workplace all over again.
If you’ve ever tumbled out of bed and stumbled to the kitchen, poured yourself a cup of ambition and headed into the office, only to find you’re just another step on the boss man’s ladder, then don’t despair: Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin are here to help.
That’s right: some 40 years after the release of the original 9 To 5 movie, Fonda has confirmed that she and her co-stars are reuniting for the sequel of our dreams.
Speaking to the media at the TCA press tour on Wednesday (July 25), Fonda confirmed that she’s planning to executive produce a sequel that will unite the iconic trio on the big screen, after their highly-publicised on-stage reunion at the Emmys last year.
“My role is as an executive producer, and I’m working with the writers, with Lily, and talking to the writers,” she told reporters, according to Digital Spy.
“Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it.”
Adding that she wants the film to revisit its themes of overcoming sexual harassment in the workplace, Fonda said: “I’m sorry to say the situation is worse today.
“Today a lot of the workforce is hired by an outside company. Who do you talk to if you have a problem?”
Parton previously teased the possibility of a reunion during an interview with Nightline, saying: “All these years, we’ve talked about doing a sequel to 9 to 5 and it never made any real sense until just recently.
“We’re trying to get the script and all that. Everybody is very interested and we’ve all agreed that we’d love to do it if it’s right.”
Teasing her dream plot for the movie, Parton said that she hoped it would focus on a set of younger career women who seek out the original cast for advice. And why wouldn’t they, eh? These woman have proven to be seriously successful in their field since the events of the first film.
“We’ve all come up with a business of our own,” Parton said of the original trio, “so [the new characters] come to find us to get some input on how they should help run” their own business.
At the moment, we have no idea when filming will begin on the 9 To 5 sequel, so can’t predict when it will hit UK cinemas. Fingers crossed it’s sometime soon, though, eh?