After nabbing the lead role in Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut, Lamb of God, it seems that Julianne Hough and the Juno writer just can’t get enough of each other. All the proper evidence comes from Variety, who tell us the Rock of Ages star has been tapped to lead the Cody-scripted dramedy, Time and a Half.
Hough will be playing a recent college graduate “who takes a temp job at a trophy store where she runs into her sister’s high school boyfriend with whom she had a one-night stand.” The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel writer, Ol Parker, will be directing the picture, with Michael London and Andrew Lazar doing the producing work.
As of right now, the filmmakers are currently looking for someone to play Hough‘s sister — which pretty much leaves production at a stand still until they find someone to “compliment [the actress” — and we haven’t received word on any actors playing the part of the “one-night stand” just yet, either.
Although Hough has been cast in the opposing Cody project, I just can’t see her style fitting in with Cody‘s snarky and somewhat dark dialogue. Where it worked for Charlize Theron in Young Adult and Ellen Page in Juno, Hough hasn’t really established herself enough as an actress to pull off the transformation. Nor do her past projects — Burlesque, Footloose, Rock of Ages, and next year’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven — put me at ease.
Once all the actors are in place, production for Time and a Half will most likely begin sometime next year.
Do you think Julianne Hough will be a good match for Time and a Half?
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