Charlize Theron jumped at chance to work with 'Young Adult' director

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PHOENIX -- She won an Oscar for playing a prostitute-turned-serial-killer in "Monster," now Charlize Theron's latest role is generating some buzz. In "Young Adult," Theron is Mavis Gray,  a high-school "It girl" whose grown-up life leaves much to be desired.

Realizing that her glory days are past, Mavis returns to her home town to win back her high-school boyfriend. Never mind that he's happily married and has a new baby.

Needless to say, thing don't go according to plan.

"Young Adult" is the second collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody. They first teamed up on "Juno," which was the AFI Movie of the Year in 2007 and picks up an Academy Award nomination for Best Motion Picture of the Year in 2008.

The fact that Reitman was in the director's chair was a big draw for Theron.

"A film is about the filmmaker," she said. "It's about working with the right filmmaker. You can walk around with this idea of a movie in your head, but if it's not the right guy or girl, it's not going to happen. ... I really rely heavily on my director."

While "Young Adult" does not have the sweetness of "Juno," those who have seen it say the characters are very relatable.

Patton Oswalt ("Ratatouille," "Magnolia") co-stars in the R-rated movie.

"Young Adult" opens Friday.