Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston will star in body-swap comedy. Details are revealed

Max Barbakow’s upcoming comedy “Palm Springs” will have Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston swapping bodies.

According to Deadline, which broke the news of the movie, Amazon won the picture following a bidding battle between numerous studios and streaming services. Barbakow will write and direct the film, which will be produced by Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment. CAA facilitated the sale to Amazon.

Aside from its star-studded cast and funders, nothing is known about the picture, including a title or logline. However, the recent surprise successes of “Ticket to Paradise,” starring Roberts and George Clooney, as well as “The Lost City,” starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, have demonstrated that there is a genuine demand for star-driven comedies at a time when the genre has otherwise struggled commercially. “Ticket to Paradise” and “The Lost City” both made more than $150 million worldwide at the box office.

The documentary “Judy Blume Forever” will be available on Amazon, as will “Somebody I Used to Know,” a romantic comedy directed by Dave Franco and starring Alison Brie and Jay Ellis. The former will be available on April 21, while the latter will be available on the streaming service on February 10, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Barbakow is most known for directing “Palm Springs” in his feature film debut. The high-concept comedy, which stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as wedding guests trapped in a time loop, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by Neon and Hulu for a then-record $17.5 million. “Palm Springs” was supposed to play in cinemas, but because it was released during the pandemic, it was largely shown online and at select drive-ins.

In his review of “Palm Springs,” Variety’s top film reviewer Peter Debruge called the tale “ironic, sarcastic, and at times psychotic” and applauded the picture for accomplishing “something new with a genre spectators have seen a million times before.”

CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and David Fishman represent Roberts. CAA, Lighthouse Management, and Hansen Jacobson represent Aniston. CAA, Range Media Partners, and Jim Gilio and Jonathan Sauer of Sloan, Offer, Weber & Dern represent Barbakow. CAA, Entertainment 360, Narrative, and attorney Jeff Bernstein represent LuckyChap Entertainment.

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