January 20, 2017

Julia Roberts boards workplace comedy “Second Act”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fresh off of her turn as an evil queen in the upcoming “Mirror, Mirror,” Julia Roberts looks to continue her comedic vibe by signing on to “Second Act,” a workplace comedy currently in development at New Regency.

THR, which broke the story, says the film’s premise “centers on a woman who has never worked and is forced to take a job.”

That has shades of “Larry Crowne,” Roberts’ underwhelming collaboration with fellow A-lister Tom Hanks, though this also sounds like it has the potential to go in several different directions.

At this moment, “Second Act” doesn’t have a writer or director attached, though with Roberts’ name on the concept, it’s sure to generate a flurry of interest. Roberts appears to be having a blast in the trailer for “Mirror, Mirror,” taking a broader comedic approach to the wicked queen than the bitchy turn Charlize Theron is displaying in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Let’s see who Roberts can lure to the director’s chair for “Second Act,” which will go a long way toward revealing the expected tone and tenor of the comedy.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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