And now today brings a real sense of what Diablo Cody is up to with her first feature as a writer-director. Cody quickly earned a lot of fans and a lot of inexplicably vitriolic detractors when Juno proved to be a huge hit and she won an Academy Award for her first produced screenplay. After Juno, she deliberately zigged with Jennifer's Body and Young Adult, the underrated piece of work that reunited her with director Jason Reitman.
But back to Paradise, formerly titled Lamb of God. Specifically, back to it being a little movie about big stuff. See, the movie follows Lamb, a devoutly religious young woman who questions her faith and her entire worldview after enduring burns over much of her body in a plane crash. Suddenly confused, sporting a hunk of cash, and chafing in her small hometown, Lamb heads to Vegas in an attempt to get a taste of the sinful world at large.
As Lamb's grappling with big ideas of faith and decency, she's also wearing short skirts and taking shots for the first time. See, big and little.
Julianne Hough of Safe Haven and Rock of Ages stars as Lamb, with Octavia Spencer and Russell Brand as a card dealer and bartender who become Lamb's buddies and guides along the sinful Strip. Holly Hunter and Nick Offerman, shorn of his glorious hair, play Lamb's conservative parents.
Paradise is set to hit Video On Demand in just a few days on August 8th, but will also arrive in theaters on October 18th.