Julia Roberts is basically doing another Erin Brockovich

Train Man will see Roberts turn lawyer again to defend repeat offender and New York folk hero Darius McCollum

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Julia Roberts is set to turn all Erin Brockovich on us again as its revealed she’s been cast as a lawyer in new flick Train Man. 

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Roberts will play the latest in a long line of lawyers tasked with defending Darius McCollum, a real-life New York folk hero who’s been arrested numerous times in relation to public transport crimes, reports Variety

It’s understood the film would chart McCollum’s multiple crimes – which include impersonating public transport authorities and illegally driving vehicles – via flashbacks. 

McCollum’s story has played out in both newspaper and documentary coverage. His fascination with the New York transport system is said to have started at a young age, with his first arrest aged just 15 when he reportedly drove an in-service New York City Subway train for six stops. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome by a prison psychiatrist. 

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Roberts is currently starring in Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day.