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Ticket To Paradise - What We Know So Far

Two of the biggest names in Hollywood, Julia Roberts and George Clooney, will be teaming up again for an upcoming film. The two stars first shared the screen when they starred as exes in 2001's "Ocean's Eleven," quickly followed by the sequel, 2004's "Ocean's Twelve." Then, over a decade later, the pair collaborated again on the 2016 crime thriller, "Money Monster," directed by Jodie Foster. Now, their fourth project together has been announced and is currently in the works.

Roberts and Clooney will star in "Ticket to Paradise," a romantic comedy for Universal Pictures and Working Title. The film will be directed by Ol Parker, in what will be just his fourth directing credit. Parker previously directed 2005's "Imagine Me & You," 2012's "Now is Good," and, most notably, 2018's "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" (via IMDb). Parker also co-wrote the script with Daniel Pipski. While Parker has several writing credits to his name — such as 2011's "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," as well as each of his directing credits — "Ticket to Paradise" will be Pipski's first (via IMDb).

As reported by Deadline, Clooney and Roberts will both also serve as producers via their respective companies — Clooney for Smokehouse Pictures alongside Grant Heslov and Roberts for Red Om Films alongside Lisa Gillan, and Marisa Yeres Gill. Other producers include Working Title's Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Sarah Harvey and Deborah Balderstone.

We have more details about the upcoming rom-com, "Ticket to Paradise" — including release date, cast and plot.

When will Ticket to Paradise be released?

Lucky for eager romantic comedy fans, we already know the release date for "Ticket to Paradise" — the upcoming film will be released on September 30, 2022, as reported by Variety. Screenwriter Daniel Pipski took to Twitter when the release date was announced, excitedly writing, "We got a date!"

The film is slated to begin shooting later this year in Queensland, Australia. The location will not only prove to be a beautiful filming spot, but a practical one as well. Upon the news of "Ticket to Paradise" filming in Queensland, Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said in a statement, "We are very lucky to have a COVID-safe destination where people can film right now and luckily not be subjected to delays or shutdowns and as well they can have an amazing lifestyle while they're here" (via Variety). The article also noted that Queensland had not seen any community transmission of COVID for 55 days.

With COVID mostly maintained in the filming location, it seems production of "Ticket to Paradise" should be smooth sailing once it commences. Pipski is not the only person behind the scenes excited about the project — when early news of the film was coming out, writer-director Ol Parker tweeted, "This is a happy thing." Parker also tweeted about one of the casting news, calling a certain new addition a "brilliant person." Speaking of, who is in the cast?

Who will be in Ticket to Paradise?

As we know, veteran actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts are set to star in "Ticket to Paradise." Clooney, also a frequent producer and occasional director, has most recently been seen in the 2019 miniseries "Catch 22" and 2020's "Midnight Sky," directing and producing the latter. Roberts, meanwhile, most recently acted in the Amazon series "Homecoming" in 2018 and will star in the upcoming Starz series, "Gaslit" — she also produced both projects.

Additionally, the "brilliant person" director Ol Parker was excited to cast is none other than rising star Kaitlyn Dever, who was added to the film in April of this year (via Deadline). Dever rose to prominence with her leading role in the Olivia Wilde-directed comedy "Book Smart" in 2019, before landing a prominent role on the Netflix drama, "Unbelievable," the latter of which landed her a Golden Globe nomination. She also recently appeared in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, "Dear Evan Hansen" and will co-star in the upcoming Hulu miniseries, "Dopesick" (via IMDb).

Finally, rounding out the cast is Dever's "Booksmart" co-star, Billie Lourd. Along with "Booksmart," Lourd has also taken on roles in the four most recent "American Horror Story" stories, as well as one episode of "American Horror Stories" (via IMDb). Additionally, she portrayed Lieutenant Connix in the most recent "Star Wars" films, beginning with 2015's "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens," alongside her mother, Carrie Fisher.

What is the plot of Ticket to Paradise?

According to Deadline, in "Ticket to Paradise," Julia Roberts and George Clooney will play exes who, upon hearing about their daughter's intention to get married, team up to stop her from "making the same mistake they once made." As of now, it's unclear who Kaitlyn Dever and Billie Lourd will be playing. One of them is likely playing the daughter of the formerly married couple, while the other could possibly be the daughter's love interest. If that is the case, having a queer couple integrated into the plot would bring a refreshing and interesting spin on the genre. It'll also be refreshing to see two older actors, Roberts and Clooney, at the forefront of a romantic comedy story, which is still on the rarer side.

While we don't know much yet about the plot aside from the general premise, seeing Roberts and Clooney play ex-lovers (and, possibly, reconciled lovers) — a dynamic they portrayed in "Ocean's Eleven" — will be a treat for their fans and rom-com fans alike. Seeing as "Ticket to Paradise" is a romantic comedy, we can expect plenty of tropes of the genre to pop up, such as witty conversational sparring between the love interests or a big understanding getting in the way of their reconciliation.

Plus, knowing that Roberts and Clooney already have chemistry makes the prospect of "Ticket to Paradise" that much more exciting. We can't wait to see the story play out on screen when it's released on September 30, 2022.