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Jessica Biel In 'Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes': Star In Talks For Film

Jessica Biel

First Posted: 12/21/11 09:31 AM ET Updated: 12/21/11 09:31 AM ET

Trading confetti for lifelike dolls, Jessica Biel has a new indie project on the horizon.

Fresh off her bust of a New Year's Eve, Biel is in talks to go in a new direction with her her post "Seventh Heaven" career. The actress has her sights set on Fancesca Gregorini's "Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes." According to Variety, Biel is in talks to play Linda, a mother so torn apart by the death of her baby that she cares for a doll as if it's her child. Kaya Scodelaria is set to star opposite Biel as Emanuel, playing a troubled 17-year-old girl who loves "babysitting" Linda's doll because Linda looks exactly like her dead mother.

Biel already has a busy 2012 on the books. She's already filmed "Nailed," a David O. Russell-directed feature that co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and James Marsden; "The Tall Man," a Pascal Laugier-directed thriller; "Playing The Field," a romantic dramedy with Gerard Butler; and "Total Recall," remake of the 1990 sci-fi film. She's also on board to star in "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," a drama with Chloë Moretz and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Gregorini, who directed Rooney Mara in "Tanner Hall," originally wanted Mara to play the title role, but the "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" star had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

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