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Jennifer Garner Lands New Thriller & Coming-of-Age Drama

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September 16, 2010
Source: Vulture, THR

Jennifer Garner

Starting with the hit TV series "Alias" from J.J. Abrams, actress Jennifer Garner has gone back and forth between action and romantic comedy. From the Daredevil misfire (and the far worse Elektra spin-off) to 13 Going on 30 and from The Kingdom to Juno (in the same year), she's seamlessly moved back and forth between the two genres. Now she's taking on two more projects, each drastically different from one another. The first will see her taking on a motherly role in a coming-of-age comedy from writer Peter Hedges while the second will have her take a dark turn in a dramatic thriller alongside Jeremy Renner. Details below!

First, Vulture reports The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a new project from Hedges (writer/director of Dan in Real Life) which focuses on a child-prodigy musician and his parents. Described as a modern-day fable, the film would see Jennifer Garner as the mother of the musically talented child while an offer is out to Mark Wahlberg to play the father (apparently Joaquin Phoenix is one of the back-ups if he turns down the role). However, the title role of Green will be taken by an unknown child actor for which a nationwide search will be conducted. Funnily enough, the story comes from Ahmet Zappa who is not only producing the film but is also the son of the late musician Frank Zappa.

Meanwhile, THR reports Garner is also in talks to join Better Living Through Chemistry, a dramatic thriller that will also star Jeremy Renner. The story follows a small-town pharmacist (Renner) who is stuck in a loveless marriage and rediscovers himself through an affair with a trophy wife (Garner) who introduces him to the pleasures of prescription drugs. However, things get a little out of hand when the affair becomes extremely intimate and the two cheaters hatch a plan to kill the woman's husband. The film will mark the directorial debut of Geoff Moore and David Posamentier who also wrote the screenplay (which, as far as I can tell, will be their first produced script).

At the time it's not clear which of these projects Garner will shoot after she completes production on the Arthur remake starring Russell Brand. Both projects sounds like they could be interesting in their own ways, and if we can keep Garner in interesting films like this and out of terrible romantic comedies like The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, then I think we'll all be better off. What do you guys think?

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  • Ray
    usually im not of fan of hers, but this pic of her makes me wanna spend millions!
  • Xerxex
    wow Garner seems to have picked some decent roles. Excellent picture usage Anderton as always.
  • Barry
    Jennifer Garner has a jaw bigger than Jay Leno. She is not hot at all. Ben Affleck is a tool who is probably cheating on her. If he's not than he is gay. Just saying
  • Nuika
    Love this pic of her, she's great I like just about every movie she has ever been in but she looks way better with a smile. I like her in action roles, she can really do the physical demands, and comedy roles, she is certainly quirky. Unfortunately there hasn't been a role that plays on both those strengths other than Alias. She's a good actress in my book but dramatic roles for her make me nervous and thrillers...well that just makes me sad because alot of thrillers are done wrong so I can't say I'm looking forward to these roles
  • shania
    omg...my favourite actress and my favourite hollywood mom!! wow she looks stunning, beautiful and gorgeous in this pic, she's indeed hot!! goodluck to your new projects jen, you deserve it!
  • CLAW
    Well Barry just confirmed that he's gay because Garner is insanely foxy and no matter how bad a movie sounds or looks if Garner is attached I'm in.
  • SD6!!!
    Wow I am really looking forward for this thriller! jen is such a good actress! She is so beautiful, love her!
  • DEANNE
    Thank you, CLAW... I was just going to say that that guy "Barry" is one sick "f--k." Love Jennifer Garner and love even more, her husband, Ben Affleck... Check out "The Town" btw....AWESOME!
  • Barry
    The Claw, You have low standards if you think she is hot. Would I kick her out of bed? No. But, if I close my eyes than there is a huge chance of running into a hotter chick at the mall. In other words I know guys that have one night stands this woman like Jennifer Garner. She is not exactly on Angelina Jolie or other movie stars who look like they could be a playboy model. Seriously, raise your standards.
  • Barry
    Also, she does look pretty in the photo with the right photography. But, she was never hot on Alias. I liked the show because of JJ Abrams. I remember how pissed Abrams got when the twit got pregnant. He didn't say anything, it was just in his face when people asked him in an interview about her pregnancy. She's the star of an action show that made her a star and she ups and gets pregnant. Put, your eggs on ice and be appreciative that Abrams brought you from now where. Seriously, her previous big part was as a loser-chick in "Dude Where's My Car." Like I said I know guys that have one night stands with woman like Jennifer Garner. Anyone who thinks this average looking chick is hot is one step away from wanting to hump fat chicks.

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