Julia Roberts and Clive Owen are going to star in Duplicity, A Universal Pictures drama written and directed by Tony Gilroy– who recently helmed Michael Clayton. Roberts and Owen previously teamed in the Mike Nichols- directed Closer.
Described as a caper pic set in the world of big business, Owen and Roberts will play rival corporate spies that also happen to be lovers.
The film is set to roll in March- once Owen finishes work on the Tom Tykwer-directed The International. Roberts will next be seen in Charlie Wilson's War– directed by Nichols, in which she stars opposite Tom Hanks.
Duplicity sounds a bit like a corporate take on Mr. and Mrs. Smith– although under the direction of Gilroy, I imagine the film will not be as tongue in cheek as it sounds.
Michael Clayton was one hell of a debut for Gilroy, so it will be interesting to see his follow-up. He's definitely got himself a couple of heavy hitters with Roberts and Owen. Truth be told- I'm not a huge Julia Roberts fan. I think there's too much hype surrounding her- but that said, she can definitely deliver when need, as proved by her Oscar winning turn in Erin Brokovitch. Her chemistry with Owen in Closer was good, but he definitely dominated every scene he was in.