Diablo Cody made a big splash with her Oscar winning screenplay for Juno, however she hasn’t really been able to capitalise on that with the likes of Jennifer’s Body and Young Adult. Now she’s turning director for Paradise, and the first images have emerged via USA Today.
Previously titled Lamb Of God, the comedy is about a young conservative religious woman (Julianne hough) who loses her faith after a plane crash. She decides to go to Las Vegas to live the life of a sinner and on her journey finds her way back to her faith. Cody comments that, “She is so naive that some of the shocking things she does we all would do on a Friday night.”
Russell Brand plays William, a bartender who befriends the young woman after she arrives in Vegas. The great cast also includes Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, and Holly Hunter.
Diablo says, “If you have ever been through something incredibly difficult such as [Lamb’s injury], you know it’s hard to stay positive and not surrender to cynicism completely,” she said. “I wanted to make a non-cynical movie that would inspire positivity.”
An October US release date is already set, but there’s no UK release currently set.