First Look Images: 'Paradise,' Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut

Monday, 29 July 2013 12:07 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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First Look Images: 'Paradise,' Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut

Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has gone and directed her own movie, this fall's Paradise, and our first look at the comedy-drama are now online, with no fewer than eight official images showing off the eclectic cast of Cody's first directorial venture.

Cody has, of course, proven inexplicably divisive, earning a whole lot of accolades and vitriol – a truly rare amount for a screenwriter – over the course of Juno, Jennifer's Body, and Young Adult.

Now, with Paradise, Cody is stepping up to translate her own material from page to screen.  The story here follows Lamb, a devoutly Christian small-town woman who, after surviving a plane crash that leaves her thoroughly scarred inside and out, ensures a crisis of faith, chafing at her familiar lifestyle.  Her attempts to get a grip on her whole word involves at least one trip to Las Vegas, where Lamb does shots for the first time.

"She is so naive that some of the shocking things she does we all would do on a Friday night," Cody tells USA Today, where the images debuted. "She's never kissed a boy, is not allowed to date and isn't allowed to dance.  We're talking as biblical as it gets."

Julianne Hough of Rock of Ages, Safe Haven, and the Footloose remake stars as Lamb, with Octavia Spencer as a Vegas buddy and Russell Brand as a bartender who takes a shine to our heroine.  Holly Hunter and an almost unrecognizable Nick Offerman, shorn of his lustrous hair and gorgeous mustache, lend support as Lamb's parents.

Paradise arrives in theaters on October 16th, doubtless kicking off yet another round of strange Cody hate from a very vocal minority.

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