Catherine Zeta-Jones Also Joins Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

January 24, 2012
Source: Deadline

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Steven Soderbergh

The cast of Steven Soderbergh's next film Side Effects, a new pharmaceutical, psychological thriller, already has an interesting assembly of talent featuring Blake Lively, Jude Law and Channing Tatum. Now another previous Soderbergh collaborator is entering the mix as Deadline reports Catherine Zeta-Jones (Ocean's 12) has now joined the cast. The story follows a troubled and depressed woman (Lively) who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs (as a way of dealing with her husband, played by Tatum, being released from prison), which leads her into a relationship with a doctor played by Law.

Zeta-Jones is said to play Dr. Erica Siebert, but it's not clear how she's involved with the story just yet. The script comes from Scott Z. Burns who just got done scripting Contagion for Soderbergh, and also worked on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. before the director left the project. It sounds like we can expect something along the same tone as Contagion, maybe with a bit of Traffic style thrown in there, another film which the Zeta-Jones and Soderbergh collaborated on previously. if Soderbergh's retirement really is imminent, we better enjoy these last few films he has in him. Of course, it looks like the film might be in trouble as Variety reports it just lost financing and the involvement of Lively, Law and Tatum remains unclear. Stay tuned.

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