Julianne Hough Gets Diablo Cody's Time And A Half
Dancing with the Stars' Julianne Hough has branched out with her acting and music career in recent years, with roles in Rock of Ages and Footloose among her feature credits. And coming soon, she's starring in the currently untitled Diablo Cody Project, which will mark Cody's directorial debut. It seems Cody has plans for Hough beyond that film, as Hough is now attached to star in Time and a Half, a romantic dramedy written by Cody.
Variety shared the news today that Hough is set to play one of the leads in the Cody-scripted Time and a Half, which is set to be directed by Ol Parker. Hough will play "a recent college grad 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."
It sounds like the next challenge to be tackled is finding the woman who will play the part of Hough's sister in the film. They're casting that now, and from what Variety is reporting, they won't move forward on the film until they find "the right actress to compliment Hough."
Previously, Hough's recent film projects have been predominantly music focused, but it seems like she's inching away from that, with these two Cody-written projects (assuming neither of them have music themes we haven't heard about yet) and the upcoming Safe Haven, which is based on a Nicholas Sparks book.
It's also interesting to learn that Hough is moving on to another Cody-written project, as it makes me wonder if Cody had her in mind while she was writing the script for Time and a Half, similarly to how she was inspired to write Young Adult while working on the script for the Sweet Valley High movie. With Cody having the opportunity to direct Hough for her upcoming untitled movie, perhaps she shaped the Time and a Half character to suit the actor. Regardless, it sounds like Hough is a key piece to the project, and as a fan of Cody's writing, I'll be interested to see how she does in both movies.
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