Jennifer Aniston & Julia Roberts To Star in Body-Swap Comedy


| LAST UPDATE 01/31/2023

By Lily Tipton
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It's not every day that two Hollywood A-listers like Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston come together to star in a movie. But that's precisely what will be happening in Amazon's upcoming body-swap comedy from director Max Barbakow. Let's take a closer look at this project, as well as its implications for the entertainment industry.

The news was first revealed by Variety, who reported that Amazon Studios would be releasing this body-swap comedy movie. At present, almost nothing is known about the film's plot, but it has been confirmed it will be directed by Max Barbakow and will star these two Hollywood leading ladies. The script was written by Emily V Gordon & Karey Dornetto (The Good Place) Roberts & Aniston will also produce alongside Margot Robbie under her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Amazon Studios won an intense bidding war over several other studios and streamers to acquire the rights to this project starring Roberts & Aniston, respectively. This is especially significant given that Amazon has previously shied away from big star-driven comedies due to their high costs—but it seems they are now willing to pay up for projects they believe have the potential to become box office hits or awards contenders. This could potentially have a major impact on both studios and streamers, who may soon find themselves vying for similar projects even more intently than before. The success of Barbakow's Palm Springs likely played a role in Amazon's decision to purchase this project, given its evidence of increasing demand for star-driven comedies - particularly those which can offer something new or unexpected within their genre conventions.

The success of Roberts' 2022 film Ticket to Paradise has also excited audiences and spurred Hollywood's changing attitudes towards women over 50, with outstanding performances from powerhouse actresses such as Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Coolidge dominating the awards season this year. It's heartening to see older actresses celebrated for their talent and box office earning power; hopefully, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston can join them soon with this movie. With these two dynamos teaming up onscreen, there's no doubt that fans are in for a hilarious movie experience with plenty of powerful female performances!

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