The last few years have proven somewhat tepid for Julia Roberts. She hasn't been in any bad movies, but none of her recent performances have matched the stellar track record she established in the 1990s and 2000s. However, it now looks like that may soon change. We now have more information regarding the former Erin Brokovich's next performance, and it's a true crime story that could potentially generate some serious buzz in the near future.
According to a brand new report from Variety, it seems that Julia Roberts has signed on to portray disgraced PTA mom, Kelli Peters, in the upcoming drama, Framed. Framed centers on a real life incident that occurred in the Irvine, California school system in 2011. A riveting true story, it chronicles how a pair of parents in the Irvine Unified School District framed Peters for felony drug charges in order to oust her from her position on the PTA. The story grabbed headlines in California five years ago, and the real life Kelli Peters has only recently been vindicated by the truth. Awarded $5.7 million in damages after Irvine parents Jill and Kent Easter attempted to ruin her life, the release of Framed genuinely seems like a major attempt to get Peters' side of the story into the public consciousness.
The development of the film couldn't have come at a better time, as Kelli Peters' story recently returned to the public eye. Check out an ABC News segment shedding further light on the controversy:
Taking on the role of Kelli Peters seems like another step in a very specific direction for Roberts and her career. At 48-years-old, the actress has taken on considerably more mature and serious roles over the last few years, and she seems far more committed to darker content than ever before. If this is the path that her career has taken, then we are most certainly on board.
It's most certainly worth noting that true crime has become an incredibly common genre in recent years. In film, as well as television, adaptations of real life criminal acts have become some of the most sought after narratives in Hollywood. From The People vs. O.J. Simpson on the small screen, to Framed on the silver screen, it seems that audiences have really begun to respond to incredible true stories.
CinemaBlend will bring you all of the latest and greatest information related to Framed as more information comes out concerning this incredible true story. The film does not currently have a set release date. Stay tuned for more details!