Jennifer Aniston, now 45 years old, is at the point in her career where she is apparently sick of being America’s Sweetheart. The former Friends good-girl has taken a number of recent roles that play against her cuddly public image. Most recently, she played a stripper in last summer’s runaway hit comedy We’re the Millers.
Before that, she was a sexually demanding dentist in the 2011 Horrible Bosses. She’ll reprise her role as the serial sex-harassing boss in Horrible Bosses 2 later this year. And as if being a horrible boss wasn’t enough, Jennifer Aniston is now in negotiations to star in a planned comedy film titled Mean Moms.
While the movie has not yet been given the official go-ahead by its studio, Warner Bros subsidiary New Line Pictures, industry-watchers believe that once Jennifer Aniston cuts her deal to be a “Mean Mom,” the project will head straight to the Hollywood fast track.
If the concept of Mean Moms sounds somewhat familiar, that’s because it is based on a parenting advice book by Rosalind Wiseman, who authored an earlier New York Times bestseller entitled, Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Girl World.
That book became the basis for the 2004 comedy Mean Girls, a flick that has since become something of a cult classic, helping to launch the careers of stars Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, as well as its screenwriter Tina Fey.
While the planned Jennifer Aniston movie would not be a sequel to Mean Girls, it is reported to be “in the spirit” of that decade-old film. The plot of the film would follow a happy, presumably not-so-mean mom of two kids who relocates from an idyllic small town to a tony suburb, where she must cope with a clique of snobby, hyper-competitive parents.
Now word yet on whether Jennifer Aniston would play the “nice mom” or a ringleader of the “mean mom” clique, but if her recent counter-to-type career choices are any indication, she might relish portraying a petty, suburban mean mom.