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Biel Has Easy Virtue

Published January 10, 2008 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Hollywood Reporter.
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If there is one thing to be said about Jessica Biel -- besides the fact that she's hot and her ass even makes J-Lo jealous -- it is that she likes to keep her genres mixed. Going from drama to action to comedy to romantic comedy to drama to action to romantic comedy, she's found a way not to become entirely typecast.

Her latest genre will be that of romantic comedy, where she will star in the adaptation of the Noel Coward play, Easy Virtue.

Jessica Biel for Easy Virtue

In Easy Virtue, Biel plays an American divorcee, Larita Huntington, who travels to the South of France and marries young wealthy Englishman John Whittaker, played by Ben Barnes, on the spur of the moment. The couple return to England to face his unapproving family, including his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Whittaker, played by Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Stephan Elliott will direct off a screenplay both he and Sheridan Jobbins penned.

Endgame Entertainment will finance the project.

"Stephan is a terrific director," Endgame CEO James D. Stern said. "It's a great cast and I'm just charged up and optimistic about it.

"It's a funny, lovely movie with a point," he added.

While some would think the adaptation has been long coming, Alfred Hitchcock had already brought the play to (silent) film back in 1928.

Easy Virtue enters production next week in London.

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