Duo set to star in Universal drama

Julia Roberts and Clive Owen are set to star in “Duplicity,” a Universal Pictures drama that was written and will be directed by Tony Gilroy. Jennifer Fox is producing with Laura Bickford.

Roberts and Owen are re-teaming after pairing in the Mike Nichols-directed “Closer,” in which they played a married couple that clashed over her infidelity.

“Duplicity” offers the chance for the same kind of sparks in a caper pic set in the world of big business. They play longtime lovers who happened to work as spies on opposite sides. They team up to stage an elaborate con to rip off corporations and steal a valuable product.

The film will begin production in March, and is Gilroy’s second directing effort following the George Clooney-starrer “Michael Clayton.” Gilroy previously wrote three “Bourne Identity” films for Universal.

Roberts will next be seen starring with Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Nichols-directed “Charlie Wilson’s War.” Owen, who just opened in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” takes the job after starring in the Tom Tykwer-directed “The International.”

Bickford is producing “Guerilla” and “The Argentine,” back-to-back films on Che Guevara that are being directed by Steven Soderbergh and star Benicio Del Toro.

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