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Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges to star in Ben Is Back

Julia Roberts in Duplicity

Story by Jack Foley

JULIA Roberts and Lucas Hedges are set to star in new homecoming drama Ben Is Back.

Written and directed by Peter Hedges (of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and About a Boy fame), the film will unfold over 24 hours and will follow the charming-but-troubled Ben Burns (Hedges) who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve.

His wary mother, Holly Burns (Roberts), welcomes Ben back into the family fold but soon learns that he is still in harm’s way.

Shooting on the project is currently due to begin this December in New York.

Hedges, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Manchester by the Sea, will next be seen in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird as well as the Martin McDonagh Oscar-tipped drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Roberts will next be seen in the adaptation of RJ Palacio’s New York Times bestseller Wonder, starring opposite Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay.