Tuesday, February 10. After taking a break from movie-making, Julia Roberts will soon be back where she belongs: playing the leading lady. Writing in the New York Times, Michael Cieply notes that Roberts’s recent work has included an unhappy stint on Broadway and providing the voice for animated spiders and ants in children’s films. Hardly the sort of roles audiences have come to expect of “an actress who was the biggest female box office star in Hollywood for a decade”.Roberts is putting the finishing touches to Duplicity, a romantic thriller (see trailer below) in which she appears alongside British actor, Clive Owen, one of her co-stars in the 2004 film Closer. Due for release in March, the film offers the 41-year-old actress her first “real leading role” since 2001 when she worked with Brad Pitt in The Mexican. It was on the set of that film that she met cameraman Danny Moder, whom she married in 2002. They had three children between 2004 and 2007 – hence the long break after her box office mega-hits, Notting Hill and Erin Brokovich.
“That she is finally back has created a hopeful flutter among producers and filmmakers who have been yearning for some unbridled female star power,” says Cieply.
“Ms. Roberts appears to have mastered a trick that has sometimes eluded stars of her generation including Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman: that is, to leave the audience wanting a bit more.”
Source: The First Post