05/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Angelina Jolie To Play Patricia Cornwell Heroine

Angelina Jolie may have landed a new franchise. The Oscar winner, 33, reportedly signed to play Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the crime-solving medical examiner in novelist Patricia Cornwell's bestselling series.

Although there are 16 Scarpetta novels, this film won't focus on a specific Cornwell title, Variety reports. Cornwell's latest novel, simply titled Scarpetta, was published in December.

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