Julie's new film Across the Universe follows the lives of a group of young people living during the turbulent 1960s…told through the lyrics of 33 Beatles songs. Each song underpins the characters' emotional journeys and illustrates the political upheaval of that era. Just like the Beatles did in their music, the movie addresses topics ranging from young love to anti-war protest to civil rights to psychedelic drugs.
While the stories of Jude, Lucy, Sadie and JoJo are told in musical interludes, Julie packs those moments with dazzling special effects, animation and puppetry. The combination of songs and visuals—and famous cameos from musicians and actors like Salma Hayek and Bono—add up to a stroke of genius unlike anything you've ever seen.
Julie says making a film as unique as Across the Universe with a mostly unknown cast was "daunting." "Evan Rachel Wood [who plays Lucy] is very well known. But we are introducing to people five more tremendous young stars," Julie says. "And that takes a lot of risk on the part of the producers. And they backed it."