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Russell Brand & Julianne Hough Confirmed For Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Lamb Of God'

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 26, 2011 5:36 AM
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While Diablo Cody's distinct voice has provided the foundation for a diverse array of projects ranging from "Juno" to "The United States Of Tara" to the forthcoming "Evil Dead" reboot, she is going to be taking her next script to the screen herself with "Lamb Of God."

First announced last month, and marking Cody's directorial debut, "Lamb Of God" involves a young Christian girl, the titular Lamb, who survives a plane crash, but is left with horrific burns. With her faith gone, she travels to Las Vegas in order to experience the more sinful side of life, and befriends Loray, an African-American craps dealer, and William, a bartender. Russell Brand had been offered with role of William, with "Footloose" star Julianne Hough in contention for the lead role. Well, looks like Cody got who she wanted as both Brand and Hough -- who also happen to be co-stars in the forthcoming musical "Rock Of Ages" -- have officially joined the project.

The film will roll next spring, and while Cody called it on her blog “a nice Christmas story,” we're guessing a holiday 2012 release might be too tight a frame to knock it out, though anything can happen. Mandate Pictures are producing and the international rights will be up for grabs at AFM in November. But if you need more Cody sooner, Jason Reitman's "Young Adult" hits theaters on December 16th. [Deadline]

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5 Comments

  • Jordyn Kapsh | September 26, 2011 9:47 AMReply

    @Kragan- Sounds like a personal problem to me. I don't think Julianna Hough is going to be calling you anytime soon, so maybe you should move on? Just a thought.

    She is, however, a horrible horrible choice for this movie. Are we now that desperate that we have to pick actresses that are more likely to scrape the bottom of the barrel when it comes to talent??I have faith in Cody but I hope this is not another Jennifer's Body misfire (which truthfully had a great premise and a witty script but less than average acting and dreadful direction). I don't know if Cody is just terrible when it comes to casting or her ideas never properly translate on film, but this is an all around hot mess.

  • abe | September 26, 2011 9:09 AMReply

    Nice, I like this combo because now it will only take one awful movie to put the nail in the coffin of Russel Brand, Julianne Hough, and Diablo Cody's movie careers.

  • Kathleen Walsh | September 26, 2011 6:22 AMReply

    This entire movie sounds like a giant pile of WTF.

  • Scribe | September 26, 2011 6:09 AMReply

    Agreed! Brand is so freaking gross.

  • Kragen | September 26, 2011 6:01 AMReply

    Julianne Hough is really gorgeous and very talented but she's better than this and shouldn't be doing a 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.

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