We may never see Barb again in the Stranger Things world but we will soon be seeing the actress who played her.
Shannon Purser, who played Barb Holland on Netflix's big 2016 hit series Stranger Things, has landed the title role in Sierra Burgess Is a Loser. The film is coming from Black Label Media and being called "a modern retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story" according to a report from Deadline.
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser will be directed by Ian Samuels with a script from Lindsey Beer. Beer also played a part in Akiva Goldsman's Transformers movie franchise writers room. On board to produce are Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill of Black Label Media.
The film, yet to receive a release date, will center around a case of mistaken identity which results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser in town have to come together and win over their crushes together. Do they end up together? Maybe. It's said to be a female-empowerment film taking on issues of bullying, confidence, and identity in the digital age -- topics familiar to millenials.
Purser will play the titular Sierra, a girl who has never been too worried about being cool or hot but has found herself in a text-only relationship with the guy she likes. It's then when she enlists the help of the school's queen mean girl in hopes of keeping the relaitonship alive for as long as possible.
In addition to Stranger Things, Purser's resume extends to the upcoming Riverdale series, Life of the Party, and Wish Upon.
Black Label Media has scooped up a number of geek culture icons. Their upcoming war flick Horse Soldiers will star Thor's Chris Hemsworth, Man of Steel's Michael Shannon, and Ant-Man's Michael Pena. Also in the pipeline is the firefighter feature Granite Mountain with Avengers: Infinity War's Josh Brolin and Fantastic Four's Miles Teller.
Stranger Things is now available on Netflix.