Thesp in talks to join Francesca Gregorini's indie drama

Having wrapped a lead role in Sony’s upcoming reboot of “Total Recall,” Jessica Biel is returning to the indie scene, as she’s in final negotiations to star opposite Kaya Scodelario in Francesca Gregorini’s “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.”

Gregorini wrote the script, which follows Emanuel (Scodelario), a troubled 17-year-old girl who babysits her new neighbor Linda’s “baby,” which is actually a very life-like doll. She goes along with the delusion while befriending Linda, who happens to be the spitting image of Emanuel’s late mother.

Biel is in talks to play Linda, who has been completely traumatized by the death of her child and now cares for the baby doll as if it were actually alive.

Matthew Brady is producing via his MRB Prods. banner along with Gregorini, while Paul Schiff, Kenny Goodman, Kevin Iwashina and Jonathan Gray will exec produce.

Gregorini’s “Tanner Hall” star Rooney Mara was originally set to play the title character before production was pushed from summer 2011 to early 2012.

Biel, who can currently be seen in Garry Marshall’s “New Year’s Eve,” next stars opposite Gerard Butler in Gabriele Muccino’s comedy “Playing the Field,” which is skedded for release on March 9. Thesp also toplines David O. Russell’s long-delayed indie “Nailed,” as well as Pascal Laugier’s thriller “The Tall Man.”

Biel is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Karl R. Austen.

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