Jessica Biel is more than just a pretty face... maybe.
Though the brunette beauty has leapt from TV to the silver screen, she still hasn't quite proven she's got the dramatic chops to hang in the big leagues. But that might be about to change, because Biel is currently in talks for a leading role in the upcoming thriller, "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes," Variety reports.
Helmed by Francesca Gregorini (co-director of the acclaimed "Tanner Hall"), the story focuses on Emanuel, a troubled 17-year-old girl, who befriends her new neighbor Linda (Biel) when she agrees to babysit Linda's "baby" — which is actually a very life-like doll. It turns out Linda is having a wee bit of trouble coping with the death of her child, while Emanuel is convinced that Linda is a spitting image of her late mother. In other words, these two are a perfect, if creepy, match.
"Skins" star Kaya Scodelario recently replaced Rooney Mara as Emanuel, which, we gotta be honest, makes a lot more sense from a casting perspective. Mara is 26-years-old after all.
This darker role would mark a major (and probably deliberate) departure from Biel's last few projects, which included the ensemble comedies "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve." We hope Biel reels in this chance to play crazy, because we know the future Mrs. Timberlake star-in-her-own-right has it in her.