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Julia Roberts eyes a 'Switch'
Updated: 2004-09-29 09:18

A month after announcing plans to take an extended break from her big-screen career for diaper duty, Julia Roberts is aleady making some post-pregnancy plans.

A month after announcing plans to take an extended break from her big-screen career for diaper duty, Julia Roberts is aleady making some post-pregnancy plans. [AP]
The Pretty Woman is in talks to headline Seven-Year Switch, a romantic comedy for Columbia Pictures that would reunite her with filmmaker Mike Nichols, for whom she starred in the upcoming ensemble drama, Closer, the studio confirmed Tuesday.

The plot of Switch follows a woman (Roberts) who reaches the seventh year of her relationship and--after succumbing to the proverbial seven-year-itch--is granted the chance to see what life would've been like had she done things a little differently upon meeting her beau.

The 36-year-old Roberts, who disclosed in June that she and cameraman hubby Danny Moder were expecting twins, just told Newsweek that she was planning on taking a long time out from film work so she could spend time with her tots, reportedly a boy and a girl, due around Christmas.

"It's a whole new life!" the 36-year-old said in the Aug. 30 issue. "I'm not planning anything. I can't imagine how big I'm going to get in the next three months, but hell, you just kind of play it as it comes, I'm allowed to do that, aren't I?"

Roberts didn't specify the length of her hiatus, and, even if she signs on for Switch, no firm start time has been set--our guess is that the studio will wait as long as it has to for the actress.

In the meantime, Roberts has other two high-profile productions coming out this holiday season.

First up is Closer, an intense, Nichols-helmed drama about love and abandonment involving two couples who end up swapping partners. The film costars Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen and is due out Dec. 3. (In the there-must-be-something-in-the-water department, Roberts replaced Nichols' first choice, Cate Blanchett, who dropped out after becoming pregnant.)

A week later, Roberts appears in her first sequel, Ocean's Twelve, Steven Soderbergh's follow-up to 2001's Ocean's Eleven also starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and her America's Sweetheart costar Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Nichols, who just won Emmys for directing and producing HBO's adaptation of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, is currently working on Monty Python's Spamalot, a stage musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The director also recently snagged the film rights to Carl Hiassen's novel Skinny Dip, which Nichols hopes to bring to the screen, probably after Switch.

Seven-Year Switch will be supervised by veteran producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher and is the latest project under their Red Wagon shingle. The company's other current film projects include the film adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha, a big-screen Bewitched starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell and the life-of-a-soldier drama Jarhead.

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