First Trailer for Diablo Cody’s Paradise with Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and...

First Trailer for Diablo Cody’s Paradise with Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer

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Paradise-PosterDiablo Cody, the Oscar-winning writer behind Juno, makes her anticipated directorial debut this year with Paradise, previously known as Lamb of God.

Led by Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, and Octavia Spencer, the comedy-drama will be arriving first on the small screens, via DirecTV, before heading into cinemas in the US this October. And now the first trailer has landed online.

After a nearly fatal accident, 21-year-old Lamb Mannerheim (Hough) is beginning to realize that the world is much bigger than her small, God-fearing Montana town. Armed with a big, fat insurance payout and a checklist of untried sins, there’s only one place for her first taste of temptation… Las Vegas! And, with the help of a few new friends (Brand and Spencer), Lamb embarks on an oddball odyssey of lost souls, broken faith and cheap cocktails… a true journey of the heart.

Hough, Brand, and Spencer top an undeniably impressive cast, with support from Nick Offerman (who looks brilliant here with a balding hair cut) and Holly Hunter.

Cody is directing from her own script, and executive produces alongside producer Mason Novick (Juno, (500) Days of Summer).

The writer-director recently took to Twitter to announce the film’s arrival on the small screen before its theatrical release, writing:

Most directors force you to LEAVE THE HOUSE to see their movie– you can watch mine naked with a bag of Mint Milanos.

Paradise will premiere on DirecTV on August 8th, before heading into US cinemas on October 18th. No word yet on a UK release date, but hopefully Cody’s recognition, coupled with Hough’s success leading Safe Haven and Russell Brand’s general fame on our shores will see it head into cinemas later this year.

Since graduating, I spend as much time as possible watching films/TV shows, reading books, and listening to music. So getting to write about what I love is nothing short of awesome. Biggest film-related hope for 2014/ever: Guy Ritchie announcing the RocknRolla sequel is finally moving forward.