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Julia Roberts joins crime drama Train Man

Julia Roberts in Duplicity

Story by Jack Foley

JULIA Roberts is to return to the courtroom for the first time since her Oscar-winning turn in Erin Brockovich for the crime drama Train Man.

The film is based on the true story of Darius McCollum, a New York folk hero who became an Internet celebrity for impersonating public transit authorities in order to drive away subway trains and Greyhound buses.

In real-life, McCollum, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, has been arrested over 25 times for such crimes.

In the film, Roberts would take on the role of his most recent lawyer, while McCollum’s past would be revealed via a series of flashbacks charting back to the age of 15.

McCollum’s story has already been told in numerous newspaper articles as well as a documentary. But the film is being set up as a serious drama, with Roberts possibly being eyed in an awards-calibre capacity.

The actress has two movies heading our way in 2016: Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster and co-starring George Clooney, and Mother’s Day, an ensemble comedy-drama from Pretty Woman‘s Garry Marshall.

As yet, there is no word on who has been cast as McCollum.

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