Tony Gilroy, the writer/director behind last year’s excellent Michael Clayton, has a new movie due next year… and it looks pretty damn solid. Julia Roberts and Clive Owen reunite for a second chance at love (after their doomed romance in Mike Nichols’ fantastic Closer) as ex-intelligence agents in Duplicity. Roberts was CIA and Own was MI6, but now they work corporate espionage gigs. The two make a plan to play their respective employers against each other with the goal of profiting a cool $40 million. Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti star as the battling CEO’s. Check out the trailer.
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Michael Clayton was smart and suspenseful even when it felt like I should have been bored, and Duplicity looks to be more of the same… although I don’t expect to be bored. Judging by the trailer this new film looks a bit less serious than it’s Oscar nominated predecessor while still maintaining at least a bit of an edge. The slow motion slap fight between Wilkinson and Giamatti already makes me smile. Closer is one of my favorite date movies, and I’m happy to see Roberts and Owen back on-screen together. I’m betting this one won’t end any happier for the duo though.
Duplicity opens March 20th, 2009.
What do you think of the trailer?