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Dublin drug addict role for Catherine
Oscar winner to play Keyes' heroine

By Kim Kelly

04 February 2005

Hollywood beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones was today tipped to play an Irish drug addict in a big budget blockbuster set in Dublin.

The Welsh superstar is lined up to play the lead role in Irish author Marion Keyes' bestselling novel Rachel's Holiday.

Oscar-winning Zeta-Jones will play gorgeous Rachel Walsh who is forced to dry out in a Dublin rehab clinic after taking a drug overdose.

Troubled Rachel goes back to live with her eccentric family in Dublin after returning from New York where her drug habit was spiralling out of control.

She finds love with a mysterious fellow patient as she starts again in Dublin and re-evaluates her life.

An insider said today: "It's like a twisted Bridget Jones.

"You wouldn't think a story about a drug addiction and attempted suicide would be funny, but some of the scenes are hilarious."

Zeta-Jones (35), who picked up a best supporting actress award for the musical Chicago, is also in talks to produce the dark comedy, according to America's Variety Magazine.

The film is due to go into production next year and could be shot on location in Dublin.

Keyes' other bestsellers, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married and Watermelon, were made into TV shows.

Her novel Last Chance Saloon was adapted for the French film Au secours, j'ai trente ans.

Zeta-Jones will next be seen on Irish cinema screens in Ocean's Twelve with Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Julia Roberts which opens today.

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