AceShowbiz - Two of the most favorite rom-com queens of all time are about to make a movie together. Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston have agreed to star in an upcoming body swap comedy from "Palm Springs" filmmaker Max Barbakow.
The untitled film was pitched by Barbakow based on an original idea. He will write and direct the movie, which has landed on Amazon Studios after a bidding war between several studios and streamers, according to Deadline, which first reported the news of the project.
Very little is known about the movie, including its plotline, but it is backed by Margot Robbie's production company LuckyChap Entertainment. Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara will also produce alongside Roberts and her Red Om Films banner, Aniston's Echo Films as well as Barbakow.
CAA handled the auction and it is likely that the project will be fast tracked to quickly cash in on the power of the top talents. With their reputations, it will be no surprise that each actress will score a big payday, counting salary and backend buyout.
Barbakow is best known for "Palm Springs", his feature directorial debut that starred Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons, and follows two strangers who meet at a wedding in Palm Springs only to get stuck in a time loop. The sci-fi comedy set the opening weekend record on Hulu and became the 26th-most watched straight-to-streaming title of 2020 as of November of that year.
Roberts is fresh off her appearance in "Ticket to Paradise" (2022), which reunited her with her "Ocean's Eleven" and "Money Monster" co-star George Clooney. The comedy was a box office success, grossing $172.5 million worldwide on a reported budget of $60 million.
As for Aniston, she will soon return in "Murder Mystery 2", a sequel to Netflix's comedy mystery film. She stars opposite Adam Sandler in the first film and the upcoming movie, playing a couple who is unexpectedly stuck to solve a crime during a holiday.