Julia Roberts to Produce and Star in Workplace Comedy SECOND ACT

     November 30, 2011

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Julia Roberts is attached to star in Second Act, a workplace comedy set up at New Regency.  According to THR, the plot centers on “a woman who has never worked and is forced to to take a job.”  The project is still searching for a writer and director; Roberts will produce alongside Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Trudie Styler, and Celine Rattray.

After a solid hit in 2010 with Eat Pray Love, Roberts is coming off the critical and commercial failure Larry Crowne, and heading into the very risky territory of the fairy tale farce Mirror, Mirror (the first trailer induces shudders).  The logline for Second Act isn’t especially promising, but that famous smile can work wonders with a simple premise.  In the coming weeks, we’ll see if this becomes Roberts’ next movie.  Roberts is also attached to August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and another collaboration with Eat Pray Love director Ryan Murphy, among other projects.

Julia Roberts is heading back to work.

The actress is attached to produce and star in Second Act, a New Regency workplace comedy project in development. Roberts will produce via her Red Om Films label, along with her former agent and producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray and their Maven Pictures label are involved as producers as well.

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The project, which does not have a writer or director on board, centers on a woman who has never worked and is forced to to take a job.

Roberts is becoming a bit more active as an actress. She co-toplined Larry Crowne with Tom Hanks this past summer and next stars as the Evil Queen in Relativity’s Snow White movie, Mirror Mirror, set for release in March.

Since Arnon Milchan took over the reigns of Regency and hired CEO Brad Weston, the company has been on the move, boarding the Mark Wahlberg project Broken City and snagging the rights to Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock. The company also is funding a new Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu movie, The Revenant.

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