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Jessica Biel, who reportedly turned down the role of Wonder Woman in George Miller’s comic-book adaptation “Justice League of America,” has chosen her next project. Biel will star in and produce “Die A Little,” based on the 2005 novel by Megan Abbott. The book is a noir thriller, set in 1950s Los Angeles, about a schoolteacher who investigates her cop brother’s beautiful but suspicious new bride. Biel will play the suspicious bride, Alice Steele. Will Biel be able to land Charlize Thereon to play that blonde sister in the foreground? Read all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Oct. 24, 2007, 1:30 a.m. CST

    meh... cool cover.

    by Burgundy82

    That's about it.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 1:31 a.m. CST

    I second mask-a-tron

    by IndustryKiller!

    Biel's popularity is compeltely lost on me. Even in the looks department. I mean yeah, objectively she's attractive, but in the most generic homogenized sort of way. And that lack of talent just makes it that much worse.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 1:31 a.m. CST

    She's hot but she can't act, goddamnit.

    by TallBoy66

    Get a hotter one who can actually pull off some thespian heavy lifting.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Why are we wasting space with this...

    by Burgundy82

    ...when you guys could post a new Sopranos finale Talkback (in light of Chase's new interview) or at least revive the old one?

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Great move.

    by Reelheed

    Clap clap clap

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST

    speaking of more interesting topics...

    by Burgundy82

    Elvira is on the E! channel right now and she still looks exactly like she did 25 years ago. Is that bitch, like, ACTUALLY undead? Oooo, that reminds me... MonsterFest is on...

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    the only thing less interesting...

    by frankenfickle

    ...than biel in this role is ANY HUMAN in the role of wonder woman. wonder woman is SUPER NOT INTERESTING.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Chick Flick

    by SakeDickens2006

    No guy is going to watch that thing. I say do Wonder Woman for the paycheck and spend the money making the low budget "Die a Little."

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Jessica Biel is playing direct-to-DVD movie characters instead

    by GibsonUSA

    Just go to your local Best Buy and check em out.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Who the hell is she banging to get her press?

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Seriously, not to pick on the poor girl, but if she wasn't banging Justin Timberlake and thus making the covers supermarket tabloids to a nauseating degree, why would anyone really give a shit about her?<p>When she quit 7th HEAVEN did it damage the show? No, in fact, it rolled on just fine for several more years. Did she help the box office for THE ILLUSIONIST? Nope, tanked. Did dressing her tight leather pants or a form fitting flight suit -- all to play up her body -- help the box office for BLADE TRINITY or STEALTH? No, even bigger bombs. And did anyone actually go to see I PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY just because Biel was in it? You know, I highly doubt it.<p>Speaking as someone who turned the big 4-0 and who can look back and remember this person from my youth, I'll tell you who she REALLY is. She's this generation's female alternative to Michael Pare -- though in fairness to Biel there are more and more of those types cycling through the system than ever before. But like Pare back in the Eighties, she's someone that Hollywood casting agents just got it into their heads that she's supposedly hot...that she's someone that people want to see...<p>...And yet any moment now a studio head will finally snap out of it and actually look at her box office, at which point he'll yell at an underling in his office all the while saying "Will someone tell me WHY the hell we keep casting her? Move on, already! There has to be other talent out there. For crying out loud, it's NOT like there's a shortage of young, bangable, hot girls in Hollywood looking for a break!"

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Ape absolutely nailed it

    by IndustryKiller!

    Todays star system is absolutely mystifying isn't it man. I think it's been proven that the american public is so god damned stupid that you could make absolutely anyone that isn't completely retarded into a star, so given that info why don't they just do the right thing once in a fucking while and cast someone with talent who wont burn out after 5 years? SOmeone who actually has some potential to do something with their success?

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Best performance she's given thus far...

    by Burgundy82

    was in Rules of Attraction. And she was a vapid, coked out slut. Go figure.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Great ass

    by CuervoJones

    but too much muscle.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 3:13 a.m. CST

    A round of applause for Big Dumb Ape.

    by brokentusk

    I completely agree and couldn't have put it better myself. Just because someone is attractive, does not mean they should be famous (with the exception of the modelling "profession", of course).

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 3:32 a.m. CST


    by hiperaktiv

    hit the nail on the head...all these hot actresses who cant even act for shit, but only get maybe a few horny boys in seats. Beil is terribad.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Am I the Only Guy Here...

    by MasterBateman

    ... that thinks Jessica Biel is ridiculously hot? And not in a generic, homogenized way. Obviously you guys don't know how to appreciate an amazing ass, the only enjoyable aspect of the TCM remake. And it's not just her ass, but the fact that she's in amazing shape. She looks like she could handle getting fucked without vomiting or having to stop and do a line in the middle of it like all these other "generic, homogenized" little girls running around Hollywood. Maybe it's just that I like a girl with toned arms and nice abs. And on top of all of that, I think you will all be eating your words in a few years when she's proven herself to be a great actress. She did very well with her small part in the highly underrated Illusionist, and I thought she was great in Blade:Trinity. And not to get off on another tangent, but Blade:Trinity would have kicked ass if it wasn't for the shitty Drake villain. Talk about generic and homogenized! Reynolds and Biel both kicked ass in it, and shoot me, but I thought Parker Posey was the best part. They should have given her a few months of training and made her the main baddie. But as for Jessica Biel, honestly, I subscribe to the theory that the majority of guys on here are afraid of a strong woman.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 3:44 a.m. CST

    this is better than pkaying wonder woman for biels

    by dr.bulber

    in a silly g rated comic book movie for kiddies.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 3:54 a.m. CST


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  • Oct. 24, 2007, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Good for her

    by metaluna

    At least she's trying to do something interesting instead of playing some childish comic book character. We have enough of that shit on our screens already.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST


    by raw_bean

    you lost me at the point where you decided to stand up for The Illusionist. That film was a mess.<p>Now, *The Prestige*, there's a film.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Die Hard (A Little)?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    That would in fact make a good title for that brown thing that exited Len "wise"man's mouth a few months ago.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 5:22 a.m. CST

    So is it really going to be called JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA?

    by Negative Man

    <p>Because I know that 'America' is frowned upon. I know people within Warner's that are privy to things. Talk at this time is that the JLA move will simply be called JUSTICE LEAGUE. Y'know...because they don't want to offend people.</p><p>I may be in the minority, but I want the title to have 'America' in it. And I don't want Supes to be the hero that is used as a tool. He already was in that "Truth, justice and all that stuff..." movie. Superman, like Captain America, should represent the 'dream' and not any slanted reality.</P><on a side, yet topical note... Y'all know Jessica Biel can't act, right? She's kinda the new Denise Richards. She needs to marry famous quick.</P>

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 5:25 a.m. CST

    And Charlize Theron as "Mr. F"

    by tonagan

    Make it so.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Odd, my last comment was cut off... It was...

    by Negative Man

    Has anyone noticed that Jessica Biel can't act? She's like the new Denise Richards. She needs to marry famous real quick.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 5:45 a.m. CST

    who gives a shit?

    by Judge Briggs

    seriously? stop reporting on her.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Better Title: SUSPICIOUS BRIDE

    by Pound Sand

    Die a Little sounds like a Bond film, or what Biel's career is about to do.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Even better title: SUSPICIOUS BRIDE'S TOP FALLS OFF.

    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 6:09 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST


    by Batou

    Jeez, I nearly fell asleep reading this news it was so boring.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Dang, thought she it meant she'd be Booster Gold

    by chrth


  • Oct. 24, 2007, 6:20 a.m. CST


    by avenger147

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 6:27 a.m. CST


    by garofellatio

    I'm so sick of pseudo-hipsters saying "enough of the superhero crap." What's wrong with superhero movies, if they're well-made? Does a movie have to be about gay prisoners coming of age while impriosoned at Auschwitz in order to be "good"? How is some Oscar-nomianted snoozefest about an insanely wealthy disfunctional family reunited for a holiday or tragedy "better" than a reasonably good superhero flick? Is The Royal Tannenbaums (sp) "better" than Spider-Man 2? Is Ordinary People "better" than Superman 1? Bring on the superhero flickks, as many as possible-- as long as they're well written, well shot, well acted, etc. A good movie is a good movie.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 6:32 a.m. CST

    oh and

    by garofellatio

    I don't get the appeal of Biehl either. She's so... meh.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 6:48 a.m. CST


    by Knuckleduster

    Seems shallow to say, but the only reason I'd really watch a movie of hers would be to check out her ass. As for her thespian skills, nothing she's done has really impressed me so far. Who knows, maybe in a couple of years' time she'll undergo one of those Oscar-transformations, just like Charlize or Halle did (though I have to admit they were both good in their Oscar-winning roles). Then again, maybe not.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 6:51 a.m. CST

    If she's not in shiny undies...

    by TheBigDogg

    ...I'm not interested. She has no personality whatsoever. The last thing she should be doing is choosing movies that require her to act. Shiny undies though, that's more her thing.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Throw a blonde wig on her and call her Black Canary...

    by Abin Sur

    I'd buy that a lot more than WW.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST

    So she's probably going to parade in 1950's undergarments in thi

    by Anna Valerious

    And if you want to see retro Charlize, rent "That Thing You Do!" where she played Tom Everett Scott's neglected girlfriend in the beginning of the film.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    For Garofellatio from a 'super hipster' (?)

    by metaluna

    ... because there's too many of the damn things, they're all the same frikkin' story (or lack of it), they're just about always a disappointment and they suck the life blood out of a wider industry that's not just for spotty teenage boys. I've seen enough of them and for the record I like Superman 1, yeh it's well written but the rule is that these movies tend not to be and are excuses to blow shit up for kids and cost the earth to make. For the cost of a few less shitty superhero movies some real film makers could make a dozen or two more interesting movies. Hey Hollywood, you listening? Make less of the damn things. It's the same damn record, over and over. Sheesh.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 8:21 a.m. CST

    dogphart3000, maybe it's the exception, but

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    what about LA Confidential? Russell Crowe - a star on the horizon, Guy Pierce, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell?

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST

    First 14 pages of JL movie spoiled!

    by Abin Sur The source is Patrick Sauriol, who's got a great track record on getting the goods - if this is true, it sounds like a pretty cool way to start the movie.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Unless there is HOT LESBO ACTION

    by redfist

    I think that I will pass.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Jessica Biel is attractive...

    by mrfan

    MasterBateman. She has no acting talent. Period. Perhaps you should reread Big Dumb Ape's post again. Maybe ever print it off and spend the day looking it over. Hell, make a t-shirt out of it. The woman just cannot act.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Mama Cass as "Wonder Woman."

    by Uncapie

    Let the chubby chasing begin.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 10 a.m. CST

    Bad choice of roles...


    Why would Biel play the "other woman" instead of the heroine of the novel? So many actresses are blinded by wanting to be the "hot one" that they make bad career choices. And this is a pure chick flick, making it even more obvious that the grown-up Nancy Drew role would be more desirable.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Ape, I saw Chuck and Larry...

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    BECAUSE Biel was in it. Didn't everyone else?

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Stupid re-imagining

    by Palhaco

    Variety sez, "The novel's set in 1954 in the Los Angeles area, but the pic will be set in the present day." If they're afraid of a 1950's-set, NOIR story, then don't MAKE it. I would say they should come up with their own idea, rather than ruining other people's ideas, but....

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Biel is hot

    by Puddleglum

    Her acting doesn't impress me, but her rockin body does. I aint afraid of a woman with some muscle tone. Sure beats the anorexia whores.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Yeah sounds like a Lifetime movie

    by BringingSexyBack

    Lifetime: Television For Self-Hating Women

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Charlize Nothing! That Blonde Must Be...

    by Solomon Kane

    Scarlett Johansson!

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Biel passes on Justice League to do this piece of crap

    by Live.

    What does that say for Justice League? Nothing good.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Not only that...

    by Kid Z

    ...the noir thing Biel passed Wonder Woman in JLA for will be updated to modern-day LA. Even lamer... 'cause you know, the high school demographic won't go see a movie set in "the olden days 'n' shit." Merka: Home of the McMoron!

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Any of you guys ever learn any manners?

    by DarthCorleone

    Jeez. If you think she isn't a good actress, fine, but how do you guys acquire these chips on your shoulders that make it necessary to spew such vulgarity-laden vitriol?<br><br>Ever seen Jessica interviewed? She's a nice, humble person. I saw her out at a bar once in LA, and my friend sent a drink over to her. What did she do? She smiled, raised her glass, and sent him back a drink in return. And did you hear about that time she date-auctioned herself off to raise money for that girl from her hometown who lost her legs in an accident? Try and show a little fucking respect.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by Kid Z

    ...supposedly Biel's a nice kid. You never hear about her crashing her car on some blow-fueled rampage either. Doesn't mean she's a great actress, though, but I think "nice person" trumps "great actress" anyday. Plus she ain't hard on the eyes, neither!

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I like Biel and Alba just fine BUT

    by thevision

    it seems like the same group of twentysomething hot chicks are recycled over and over again. 1950 noir for Biel?- she's too modern for me. I wish the suits in Hollywood would give someone like Jolene Blalock a chance at a film like this, yeah I know she was in "Slow Burn" and it sat on the shelf for 3 years and bombed big time when it was finally released in April but Jolene stood-out in an otherwise bad movie. Hell, she was the best thing in "Enterprise." Its unfortunate Hollywood always casts the usual suspects but doesn't give someone with beauty, charisma and acting talent like Jolene Blalock a shot at high profile films- reminiscent of Joan Severance, drop-dead gorgeous but got stuck doing Zalman King soft-porn and B-movies on Showtime back in the early nineties.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 8:35 p.m. CST

    women can act?

    by Pipple

    I've never noticed...

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 10:03 p.m. CST

    She's doing the right thing for her career

    by Teddy Artery

    Getting typecast is a surefire way to have a very short career, with repeat appearances on cheesy game shows in the twilight years.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by aicndoesntwantmorecowbell

    true story and a pretty good pun

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Solomon Kane

    by WickedMonster

    You nailed it. That's Scarlett Johansson not Charlize.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Biel is number 1 on my top 5 hottest females list.

    by Warcraft

    Please don't diss her. :)