Emma Roberts ‘in talks’ to star opposite Geoffrey Rush in action-comedy Verona Spies

Emma Roberts ‘in talks’ to star as ‘lovely hot mess’ opposite Geoffrey Rush in action-comedy Verona Spies

Former child star Emma Roberts is reportedly “in talks” to play the role of “lovely hot mess” Verona in Luminosity Entertainment’s mistaken-identity action comedy Verona Spies, which will begin production next spring.

Deadline reported on Tuesday that Julia Roberts’ 31-year-old niece plays a would-be escort/assassin who falls in love with her target, a “charming and handsome” pharmaceutical executive.

Geoffrey Rush – who is only a Grammy away from EGOT elite status – has already signed on to play the boss of Big Pharma, who hires hitmen to take them down.

Escort/assassin: Former child star Emma Roberts is reportedly ‘in talks’ to star as ‘lovely hot brothel’ Verona in Luminosity Entertainment’s mistaken-identity action comedy Verona Spies, whose production will begin next spring (photo from September 8)

At the helm is Frank Coraci, best known for directing six comedies starring Adam Sandler, with whom he has been friends for 38 years.

“If there were to be a more comedic take on the classic, true romance, here it is,” the 56-year-old filmmaker said in a statement.

“I’m super excited to make this hilarious, action-packed movie with this amazing cast. Verona Spies is sure to be a fun and unforgettable ride.

Villain: Geoffrey Rush - who is just a Grammy away from EGOT elite status - has already signed on to play a Big Pharma boss, who hires hitmen to bust his employee and Verona (pictured in 2019)

Villain: Geoffrey Rush – who is just a Grammy away from EGOT elite status – has already signed on to play a Big Pharma boss, who hires hitmen to bust his employee and Verona (pictured in 2019)

Dynamic duo: At the helm is Frank Coraci (L, pictured in 2015), best known for directing six comedies starring Adam Sandler (R), with whom he has been friends for 38 years

Dynamic duo: At the helm is Frank Coraci (L, pictured in 2015), best known for directing six comedies starring Adam Sandler (R), with whom he has been friends for 38 years

'Happy Halloween!'  The 31-year-old niece of Julia Roberts - who has 24.1 million social media followers - celebrated Halloween by wearing a half-skeleton costume in a hotel snap captured by her boyfriend from June, the agent Cade Hudson

‘Happy Halloween!’ The 31-year-old niece of Julia Roberts – who has 24.1 million social media followers – celebrated Halloween by wearing a half-skeleton costume in a hotel snap captured by her boyfriend from June, the agent Cade Hudson

Emma – who has 24.1 million social media followers – celebrated Halloween by wearing a half-skeleton costume in a hotel snap captured by her boyfriend since June, Officer Cade Hudson.

Roberts’ mother, Kelly Cunningham, also shared an Instagram slideshow Monday of them celebrating the spooky holiday together.

“I’m devastated because I have to work on Halloween, but I’m not in the same state as my [22-month-old son Rhodes Robert Hedlund]” the executive producer of Tell Me Lies said during an Instagram Live last week.

Buffoon!  Emma's mother Kelly Cunningham (R) also shared an Instagram slideshow on Monday of them celebrating the spooky holiday together

Buffoon! Emma’s mother Kelly Cunningham (R) also shared an Instagram slideshow on Monday of them celebrating the spooky holiday together

Roberts (pictured August 8) said during an Instagram Live last week:

Roberts (pictured August 8) said during an Instagram Live last week: ‘I’m devastated because I have to work on Halloween, but not in the same condition as my [22-month-old son Rhodes Robert Hedlund]. So I’m missing a trick or a treatment and I feel really awful about it’

'With one of the best of all time': In January, the Tell Me Lies producer ended her two-year romance with babydaddy Garrett Hedlund (R, pictured Tuesday), who is hard at work filming the Nadine Crocker's thriller Desperation Road starring Oscar-winning actor Mel Gibson (L)

‘With one of the best of all time’: In January, the Tell Me Lies producer ended her two-year romance with babydaddy Garrett Hedlund (R, pictured Tuesday), who is hard at work filming the Nadine Crocker’s thriller Desperation Road starring Oscar-winning actor Mel Gibson (L)

“So I’m missing a trick or a treatment and I feel really awful about it.”

In January, Emma ended her two-year romance with babydaddy Garrett Hedlund, who is currently hard at work filming Nadine Crocker’s thriller Desperation Road starring two-time Oscar winner Mel Gibson.

The 38-year-old Minnesota-born man still has four months on probation following a 2020 arrest for impaired driving, according to Us Weekly.

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