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Diablo Cody Signs Russell Brand, Julianne Hough For Directing Debut

Julianne Hough

Diablo Cody has quickly risen into a rather enviable creative role ever since hitting it big with an Oscar win for her first effort as a screenwriter, 2007’s Juno. She followed that up with stuff like Jennifer’s Body and The United States of Tara, though she has yet to actually direct anything. That all changes with the untitled film she’s working on now, about a woman who develops a new appreciation for life in Las Vegas after surviving a plane crash.

While we still don’t know what the movie will be called, a few names are now officially associated with it. Deadline confirms that Julianne Hough and Russell Brand are both set to star in the film. Hough, who will soon be seen in Footloose, plays the crash survivor. Brand will play the “unlikely companion who helps her find herself.” The two performers are both good at what they do, but I’m going to wait until we hear some more before making any judgments. What do you think of the casting?


  • Kragen

    Julianne Hough is better than this. She shouldn’t be doing another film with Russell Brand. Now she has to drop that old horse’s ass boyfriend of hers, Ryan Seacrest. It is unfortunate that she is as attractive as she is misguided with her poor taste in men. She should be with someone around her age not a guy who obviously can’t handle women around his age. I hope she finds someone her own age to settle down with.

  • Ed Southwick

    Julianne Hough is lovely, gorgeous, sexy and beautiful. She’s a very talented professional ballroom dancer, country music singer and actress. She’s amazing. That woman is incredible. Good for her to keep landing such high profile roles. She deserves it. It’ll be an exceptional performance, just wonderful.