Julia Roberts to Produce & Star in 'Second Act' Workplace Comedy
Considering the fact that her villainous turn in Mirror, Mirror looks more silly than diabolical, maybe it's time Julia Roberts got back to the intentional comedies that made her the superstar she is today. Though Larry Crowne had the potential to get her back on track, that box office flop just didn't cut it on any level. However, THR reports the actress is now slated to produce and star in a new workplace comedy called Second Act, the story of a woman who has never worked a day in her life but suddenly finds herself forced into the real world and must find a job. Sounds pretty simple, but there's likely a romance somewhere too.
As of now no director or writer is attached, so it's hard to say exactly what kind of comedy this will turn out to be, but hopefully it's better than most of the dull work Roberts has taken on over the past few years. The last film with the actress that I truly enjoyed was Charlie Wilson's War in 2007, but how can you go wrong with a script by Aaron Sorkin, direction from Mike Nichols and a cast that also includes Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hopefully Roberts producing this time will make for a project that fits her strengths as America's sweetheart as opposed to being just a name on a poster to sell movie tickets.