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Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel are attached to star in the risque political satire “Nailed.” David O. Russell is attached to direct and co-write the screenplay with Al Gore’s daughter, Kristin Gore.
Biel would play Sammy Joyce, a socially awkward small-town receptionist who has a nail accidentally shot into her head by a clumsy workman, eliciting wild sexual urges.
The uninsured Joyce goes on a crusade to Washington to fight for the rights of the bizarrely injured. She meets an immoral congressman (Gyllenhaal) who takes advantage of her sex drive and capitalizes on her crusade as Joyce heads into her own career in politics.
Red Wagon Entertainment (“Jarhead”) and Persistent Entertainment (“Southland Tales”) are slated to produce the project. Preproduction is set to begin in two weeks, aiming for a January start date for principal photography.
Neither star has a signed contract for the film, which is being presold by IM Global at the American Film Market. Their commitment could depend on juggling other features: Gyllenhaal recently was set to star in Doug Liman’s untitled Moon project for DreamWorks and Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers” with Tobey Maguire for Relativity Media. Biel is slated to star in and produce the crime thriller “Die a Little” for United Artists.
Reps for IM Global and CAA, which handles both stars, declined comment.
Russell is no stranger to politics. He started as an 1980s political activist before directing the prescient Gulf War drama “Three Kings.”In the spring, he was adapting and attached to direct a feature version of Gore’s autobiographical Washington-based novel, “Sammy’s Hill,” for Columbia Pictures and Red Wagon.
Biel, Gyllenhaal and Gore are repped by CAA. Gyllenhaal is also repped by Evelyn O’Neill at Management 360. Biel also is repped by Suzan Bymel and Nicole King at Management 360 and attorney Karl Austen.
Russell is repped by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of Gotham Group.
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