American sweetheart Jennifer Aniston is reportedly ready to show her mean side. The actress is keen to land a role in the sequel to the successful 2004 comedy Mean Girls, which will focus on the next generation – Mean Moms – as based on the book Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads by Rosalind Wiseman.
The former Friends actress was previously linked to the film a year ago but the deal fell through. Now her Horrible Bosses 2 director Sean Anders is set to direct, and Jennifer is also keen to jump back on board.
Mean Moms follows a happily married mother of two who moves from small-town America to the high–class suburbs, and finds herself suddenly confronted with the vicious world of competitive parenting and keeping up with the Joneses.
It will be the first film that Jennifer takes on since finding herself with SAG and Golden Globe nominations for her dramatic portrayal of a prescription drug addict in Cake. The 45-year-old fully transformed herself to play Claire Simmons, a woman suffering from chronic pain following a tragic car accident.
As well as stopping all exercise for ten weeks, Jennifer stopped watching what she ate – "I was still healthy, but I’d allow more" – and wore a back brace for the shoot. Sitting in the make-up chair is also a normal occurrence for actresses, but for Cake Jennifer sat for the application of fake scars, rather than foundation.
During awards season, Jennifer opened up on how therapy had helped her to focus on asserting herself and not to bottle her anger up in unhealthy ways, as she coped with her divorce from Brad Pitt and her need to be a "control freak".
"It was at a crazy time, right when we were going through our divorce and everything," Jennifer told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Her whole thing with me was really saying, 'You have to stand up for yourself in life'. She was really trying to help me deal with anger and learning how to express it without feeling terrified that I was going to get murdered in response."