The queen of Romcoms is making her big return to the genre: Julia Roberts is starring in the upcoming Ticket To Paradise this year having not starred in a fully fledged romcom for 20 years. The new film is arriving in cinemas in September, and will see her team up with another big Hollywood A Lister: George Clooney, who stars opposite her as her ex husband.

Ticket to Paradise sees Roberts and Clooney as two divorced parents who travel to Bali when their daughter, Lily makes an abrupt decision to marry a Balinese local on a post graduation trip. Roberts and Clooney’s characters (whose names haven’t been revealed yet, so we’ll just keep calling hem Clooney and Roberts) realise that Lily might be about to make the same rash mistake they did 25 years earlier, and hop on a plane, without realising they’ve each had the same idea: “You’ve got to be kidding me” Clooney says when he sees Roberts about to sit in the seat next to him in the film’s trailer, before the two of them start bickering about their tumultuous relationship and marriage.

Despite their acrimonious start (which continues throughout the various scenes in the trailer), Roberts and Clooney start to ease up around each other and start goofing around- much to Lily’s embarrassment. Who’s to say what will happen between them in the film, but what’s obvious is that Clooney and Roberts are having a lot of fun, with Roberts in her first proper romcom in 20 years and the pair of them having worked together in films like Money Monster and the Ocean‘s trilogy.

Joining the two stars in the cast are Kaitlyn Dever (known for her roles in Dopesick and Booksmart), Billie Lourd (the daughter of Carrie Fisher who’s appeared in the Star Wars sequels and American Horror Story) and Lucas Bravo, best known for appearing in Emily In Paris as the titular character’s love interest. The film is directed and written by Ol Parker (director of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!), and Roberts said in an interview with The New York Times that she was reluctant to return to the genre that made her famous, unless “I had read something that I thought was that Notting Hill level of writing or My Best Friend’s Wedding level of madcap fun, I would do it… …They didn’t exist until this movie that I just did that Ol Parker wrote and directed.”

You can catch Roberts and Clooney on the screen again when Ticket To Paradise releases on 16th September.


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