Biel set in UA thriller to 'Die' for


Jessica Biel will star in the crime thriller "Die a Little" for United Artists.

FilmColony's Richard Gladstein is producing the project along with Biel, who will co-produce with her producing partner Michelle Purple through their Iron Ocean Films shingle, which optioned the book.

Marcia and Geoffrey Blake, who pitched the project to the actress, are penning the script. The Film Colony's Neil Parris will executive produce.

Based on the Megan Abbott novel, "Die" tells the contemporary story of a schoolteacher and her brother, an LAPD detective whose life is turned upside down by a beautiful and mysterious woman (Biel).

Biel, who was last seen in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," is filming "Powder Blue" with Forrest Whitaker, Patrick Swayze and Ray Liotta. She is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Karl Austen.

Gladstein, who recently produced "The Nanny Diaries" and the upcoming "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," is a two-time Academy Award-nominated producer for his work on "Finding Neverland" and "The Cider House Rules." He is repped by Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler.