Julia Roberts to star in Train Man
Actor Julia Roberts is said to be in talks to star in Train Man, a courtroom drama about a New York-based man who has been arrested several times for stealing various forms of mass transit.
Roberts would play a lawyer tasked with defending Darius McCollum, the criminal known for impersonating public transit authorities in order to drive away subway trains and
Greyhound buses, reports variety.com.
McCollum, who is diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, gets frequently arrested and imprisoned, and becomes a cult figure around the city after wanted posters warning passengers about him appeared throughout the city. Roberts’ character would be his most recent lawyer, and his previous heists will be shown throughout the film via flashbacks.
Roberts will play McCollum’s long-time attorney Sally Butler. “It is a meaty role for Roberts, along the lines of her Oscar-winning portrait in 2000’s Erin Brockovich,” said a source. The script is by Simon Stephenson, while director has not been hired yet. Meanwhile, Roberts has two movies in 2016: Money Monster directed by Jodie Foster, and Mother’s Day from Garry Marshall.