How do we all know and remember Jessica Biel? Most likely as a glamorous actress in Hollywood. She hasn’t always wowed us with her movies, but she has certainly shown herself capable of delivering great performances. From the fantastic ‘Ulee’s Gold’ back in 1997 to the critically acclaimed ‘The Sinner’ in 2017, Biel has shown terrific range in her repertoire. It would surprise some to know that she initially trained as a singer, hardly an inclination of what she would eventually be famous for. Her hometown of Ely, Minnesota was witness to several of her appearances in musicals as she was growing up. This proved to be her path into modelling, and ultimately films, at a very young age. Her first major work came in the form of the family drama ‘7th Heaven’ where she was cast as Mary Camden. As this was, and still remains, the longest running family drama in US television history, Biel got widespread attention, and rightfully so. Her performance in ‘Ulee’s Gold’ won her a Young Artist Award, proof of her maturity even at that young age.
From 2002 onwards, with ‘The Rules of Attraction’, Biel took on prominent roles in mainstream films, mostly romantic comedies and action films. A notable exception was ‘The Illusionist’, a period piece where she played a duchess and her performance was praised despite initial doubts about her casting. From 2013 onwards, Biel has ventured more towards independent filmmaking, and this is why her upcoming work shows great promise. With Iron Ocean Studios, her own production company, Biel is now very much into backing projects that show potential. ‘Hole in the Paper Sky’, ‘The Tall Man’, and of course, ‘The Sinner’ are a testament to that. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Jessica Biel movie ? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Jessica Biel films scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Jessica Biel movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
It should be noted that not much is not known about two of Biel’s upcoming projects, ‘Bohemian Grove’ and ‘Gold’ although they are very much in the making. Another one, ‘Fucking Engaged’ has been in the shelves for a very long time although it has an excellent premise and would be a breath of fresh air in the rom-com genre.
1. The Facts of Life (TBA)
Through 1979 to 1988, ‘The Facts of Life’ aired in America, highlighting crucial teenage issues. Centred on a housemother (played by Charlotte Rae) at a fictitious all-girl boarding school, the show was a spinoff of ‘Diff’rent Strokes’. It brought issues around teenage sex and anorexia to the public eye, and enabled encouraging discussions around them.
This brings us to the present where ‘The Facts of Life’ is being considered for a reboot. While Biel is not likely to be involved in it in a performative role, she is in talks of producing the same. Her company Iron Ocean Studios along with Appian Way (founded by Leonardo diCaprio) are both in contention.
Shows of the past have been getting rebooted often of late, and there are plenty of projects that are anticipated as well. ‘Roseanne’ got rebooted recently, as did ‘Lost in Space.’ ‘Murphy Brown’ and ‘Miami Vice’ among many others will also be getting the same treatment soon, with the latter being co-produced by Vin Diesel. Being a popular and enduring show in American pop culture, it makes perfect sense to bring back the valuable lessons and the charming characters of the original, all of course in a new and updated style to suit contemporary tastes. It shouldn’t be too long before this project gets the green light. Going by Biel’s past ventures, we would be willing to bet that she is involved in the project in a more visible way.
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2. Going Doll (TBA)
The biggest project on the horizon for Biel is probably her most ambitious one yet. Teaming up with the acclaimed 44 Blue Productions, Biel’s Iron Ocean Studios is at it again. This time, however, it will be an animated series geared towards adults called ‘Going Doll’.
Adult animated comedies make up some of the absolute best on TV in recent times. What was once a genre for kids is now intellectual fodder of the highest quality, thanks to the likes of ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘BoJack Horseman’. ‘Going Doll’ promises to be in a similar vein, with the show following self-obsessed caricatures of the prevalent ‘housewife culture’ in urban areas. It will be a scathing, dark commentary on the state of modern society that is desperate for meaningless fame and ceaseless self obsession.
The show takes its inspiration from ‘Angie’s Dolls’, created by Miranda Darling and Sophie Edelstein. This was a series of sketches that attacked the Australian upper class in the suburbs and their bourgeois lifestyle. ‘Going Doll’ looks set to cater to a similar crowd as other adult animated comedies with its derisive humour satirising humungous superstructures that shape our very lives. Darling’s creation sparked from her own terrible experiences in her hometown after she got married. She was, in her own words, “surrounded by a herd of socially-aspirational, self-obsessed, and frankly terrifying women.” With Biel at the helm of what promises to be another invaluable addition to animated comedies, we certainly await ‘Going Doll’ with bated breath.
3. Limetown (2019)
Based on the popular podcast of the same name, ‘Limetown’ follows Lia Haddock, a journalist for American Public Radio (APR), as she unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of over 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee. Biel has been cast to play the lead role of Lia Haddock. Those who have listened to the Podcast know that the story is not only interesting but keeps you gripped right throughout.
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