Woo Hoo. And I couldn’t be more excited!! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Julia Roberts on the big screen.
In the last eight years, Julia Roberts has become a mother, dabbled on Broadway (in “Three Days of Rain”) and provided the voice for both a spider (in “Charlotte’s Web”) and an ant (in “The Ant Bully”).
Julia Roberts will make her “comeback” in the movie,“Duplicity” – set to be released on March 20th. The film is about a pair of corporate spies (Clive Owens and Julia Roberts) who share a steamy past hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses.
Also starring in the movie will be Billy Bob Thorton, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti. Julia’s last real leading role was in 2001 when she starred in “America’s Sweethearts” and “The Mexican.”
While Julia has been in other movies since 2001 – such as Ocean 12 and Ocean 13, this is the first time she is the “leading lady”
The NY Times stated that no one has approached the run of hits that Julia has had including, “Erin Brockovich” (for which she won an Oscar), “Runaway Bride” and “Notting Hill.”
Yes – we have Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson but none of those actresses has yet approached the run of hits that Julia has been fortunate enough to obtain.
Julia has declined through her publicist, Marcy Engelman, to discuss her decision to star in “Duplicity,” or her reasons for stepping aside, if not quite back, at the height of her box office appeal. A number of people close to Ms. Roberts said her marriage in 2002 to Danny Moder, and the demands of raising their three children had put limits on her acting career.
Some who have worked closely with Julia said her choices were based less on strategy than on instinct. She was persuaded to do “Duplicity,”. She was pregnant at the time, so the movie waited for the birth of her third child, and her decision to stick with it was helped by the fact that it could be shot in New York, where she has a home, without disrupting her family life.
Donna Langley, Universal’s production president, said the studio had cast Ms. Roberts based on “gut instinct,” without benefit of focus groups or surveys to measure her enduring appeal.
We’ll have to wait and see if Julia still holds the same appeal as she did in the past. What do you think?? Are you going to go see it?? I know I will.