In recent times, light-hearted comedies such as We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses have emphasized Jennifer Aniston’s more comedic side, though there’s no question that the former Friends actress has captured our attention with a turn in Daniel Barnz’s acclaimed and melancholic drama, Cake.
And while we don’t expect Aniston’s latest role to venture quite so far into the human psyche, the actress will soon be calling upon her dramatic chops once more for 20th Century Fox’s real-life sports drama, The Fixer. Deadline has learned that Aniston has sealed a deal to topline the feature as Denise White, a real-life Miss USA contestant who became one of the best sports managers in the business when she closed the book on her time as a beauty model. As White’s career evolved, though, she developed a knack for shielding clients and their public image – hence the title of the movie.
Melisa Wallack of Dallas Buyers Club fame is attached to pen the script, working from a Men’s Journal article entitled The Woman Who Bails Out The NFL’s Bad Boys. Printed in December of 2014, the piece by Paul Solotaroff recounts White’s seemingly never-ending crusade to protect her footballing stars from shady business deals and the like. Whipping a group of self-entitled millionaires into shape is certainly a meaty role for Aniston to take on, and it’ll be particularly interesting how Wallack develops Denise White’s story for the big screen.
No word yet on a production start date for The Fixer, though we imagine Fox won’t set the ball in motion until later in the year. For now, Jennifer Aniston is dividing attention between Mother’s Day and Mean Moms, with the latter setting up the opportunity for a reunion with Horrible Bosses director Sean Anders.