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Diablo Cody, who won the Academy Award for her screenplay for Juno in 2007, is now set to make her directorial debut in the movie Lamb of God. Russell Brand and his Rock of Ages costar Julianne Hough will bring star power to the new project. Although, publicized as a comedy, the story tackles dark subject matters, including drug addiction.

The main female character in the movie, played by Hough, is actually a conservative Christian, who starts questioning her strongly held beliefs after experiencing a near fatal plane crash. In a strange twist of events, the woman decides to break out of her shell and travels to Las Vegas while nursing burns she received during the accident. Once in Vegas, she is exposed to a completely different reality than she has ever known and becomes friends with a bartending craps dealer, played by Brand.

As the woman sets out to experience a world completely foreign to her that involves sex, drugs and gambling, she ultimately finds herself addicted to Vicodin. As is often the case, sometimes you have to experience that which you are not in order to remember who you are. This is the case for Hough’s character and in the movie, slated for release in 2013, overcoming addiction leads her back to a life of faith.

In His Twenties, Brand Experienced Monumental Struggles With Addiction

Brand may bring an extra air of reality to his performance, as he can pull from years of personal experience as an addict to inform his acting. In fact, Brand’s character is eerily similar to himself. Brand has been extremely forthcoming about his sorted past. As a matter of fact, he wrote his autobiography that was appropriately titled, My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-up. In the book, he openly discusses his decade-long battle against addictions to crack, heroin and sex.

Brand Hopes the Public Will Start to See Addiction as a Deadly Disease

The movie Lamb of God may help Brand in his desire to change the world’s preconceived notions about addicts. It is certain, after his friend Amy Winehouse’s death earlier this year, that Brand is hoping society will start to see addiction in a different light. He wrote in a public letter in reference to her passing that, “We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care.”

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