Pic marks Clooney's directorial debut

Fresh from their pairing in “Ocean’s Eleven,” Julia Roberts will rejoin George Clooney in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” Clooney’s directorial debut. Roberts will join Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and Clooney in the Miramax comedy.

Adapted by “Being John Malkovich” scribe Charlie Kaufman, “Confessions” is based on the memoirs of gameshow impresario Chuck Barris, who revealed that creating shows was merely a cover for his real job as government assassin.

The film explores how Barris (Rockwell), was drafted for that role by a CIA recruiter (Clooney). It will be produced by Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance and exec produced by Clooney, his Section Eight partner Steven Soderbergh and Rand Ravitch.

Roberts had been rumored as a possible for the role after sparking to Clooney in the Soderbergh-directed “Ocean’s Eleven.” She won her actress Oscar starring for Soderbergh in “Erin Brockovich.”

Her role in “Mind” isn’t huge, but she will shoot it after working again for Soderbergh in his quickie Miramax film, formerly titled “How to Survive a Hotel Room Fire”; its title is likely to be changed to “The Art of Negotiating a Turn,” a project scripted by Coleman Hough. That film begins shooting Nov. 5. Roberts is repped by ICM.

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