Jennifer Aniston is to star in the movie adaptation of Julie Murphy's acclaimed young adult novel Dumplin'.
The actress will play a former beauty queen and mother of Dolly Parton enthusiast and self-proclaimed plus-sized teenager Willowdean Dickson, whom Jennifer's character Rosie nicknames Dumplin', Deadline confirms.
The story follows heroine Willow - who is yet to be cast - crushing on a former jock, before deciding to enter her town's famous beauty pageant with a group of rag-tag teenagers in an attempt to get affection and respect from her mother.
It depicts the "inspirational" journey of an overweight girl regaining her confidence and feeling comfortable in her own skin. The Texas-set novel's tagline is'Go Big or Go Home'.
The independent teen comedy will be directed by Anne Fletcher, whose directing credits include Reese Witherspoon's Hot Pursuit, Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds' The Proposal and Katherine Heigel's 27 Dresses.
Disney originally acquired the rights for the film, but have since decided to part ways with the project. It will now be produced through Michael Costigan's COTA Films.
Jen-An most recently starred with Jason Bateman in screwball comedy Office Christmas Party, and Horrible Bosses 2.
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