I was beginning to think that Katherine Heigl was sliding into a comfortable future of typecast romcoms and fluff fare on the big screen, with the occasional dramatic television movie to mix things up -- sort of like the next-generation Sandra Bullock. But now she has added some meat to her plate.

Variety reports that she will both produce and star in an adaptation of Escape, the memoir of Carolyn Jessop -- the woman who broke out of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints) world and helped convict polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs (the man who so idiotically thinks that the more wives you have, the closer you get to heaven). At the age of 18, she had to marry a man 32 years older than her. With this man, she had eight children, suffered rape and abuse, and finally escaped the life and became the first woman to leave an FLDS life and gain full custody of her children.

Right now, there's no word on who will adapt the memoir, but maybe one of the Big Love folks will take this on. FLDS stories are all the rage these days.

So, what do you think? Can Heigl pull off the role?
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