Julia Roberts Lands Lead Role in Luca Guadagnino’s “After the Hunt”

Julia Roberts at the
Julia Roberts at the "Money Monster" Photocall at the Cannes Festival in 2016. Photo by Anthony Harvey/REX/Shutterstock (9438008ar)

Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers still hasn’t hit the theaters, but he’s already plotting his next star-studded project. The Oscar winner Julia Roberts landed a lead role in Guadagnino’s upcoming Amazon MGM Studios dramatic thriller After the Hunt.

Roberts will play “a college professor, who finds herself at a personal and professional crossroads when a star pupil levels an accusation against one of her colleagues and a dark secret from her own past threatens to come to light,” according to the film’s official logline.

Nora Garrett wrote the script for this project, while Allan Mandelbaum brought it to Imagine Entrainment and played a crucial role in getting it to Guadagnino and Roberts. He’s producing the project alongside Guadagnino and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer.

Amazon MGM Studios landed the hot package after collaborating with Guadagnino on Challengers. The sports drama, set in the world of tennis, stars Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist, and it’s hitting the theaters on April 16.

As for Roberts, she most recently starred alongside Mahershala Ali and Ethan Hawke in Netflix’s hit thriller Leave the World Behind. This film reunited her with Sam Esmail, who previously worked with Roberts on the Amazon Prime Video series Homecoming, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.