Mike Fleming

Mandate Pictures has set Footloose‘s Julianne Hough and Russell Brand to star in Juno scribe Diablo Cody’s directing debut. The film is untitled and Mason Novick will produce. Cody will be exec producer with Nathan Kahane. Production starts in the spring and Lionsgate is selling international rights at AFM.

Hough plays a sheltered young woman who loses her faith after a plane crash and revels in the decadence of Las Vegas. There, she meets an unlikely companion who helps her find herself. Mandate previously worked with Cody and Novick on Juno and Young Adult, which she scripted and Jason Reitman directed, and which Paramount will release in December.

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