From distinguished presenter to sleazy stripper? Jessica Biel was last seen looking all gorgeous and glamorous on the Academy Awards, wearing a lovely gown as she recapped the technical awards show that she hosted. Next time you see her on the small screen, she'll be taking off her clothes.
Timothy Linh-Bui's indie drama Powder Blue, in which Biel plays a Los Angeles stripper, will bypass a theatrical release and go straight to home video, according to High-Def Digest. Image Entertainment will release the film on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, May 5.
Is this just a hiccup in Jessica's career? She appeared in two high-profile projects in 2007: Next with Nicolas Cage didn't do so well, while I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with Adam Sandler was a smash. Stephan Elliott's Easy Virtue, an adaptation of a Noel Coward play, debuted on the fest circuit last fall. Our own Eugene Novikov called it "a droll and witty delight" and felt that Ms. Biel "gives easily the best performance of her career," yet it doesn't look like it has US distribution*. Maybe David O. Russell's upcoming romantic comedy Nailed will get things back on track for her.
Even without the possibility of Biel doffing her duds, Powder Blue looks like it will be worth a rental just to see what director Timothy Linh-Bui does with the material. His previous film, Green Dragon back in 2001, was quietly effective, and his new one also stars Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Patrick Swayze, Kris Kristofferson, and Lisa Kudrow. Here, once again, is the trailer, which is definitely NSFW unless you work in a strip club.
*Easy Virtue does have distribution, and it will hit theaters in limited release on May 22, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics