In the upcoming feature film thriller Bleeding Heart, Jessica Biel stars as May, a yoga instructor desperately trying to protect her newly discovered sister Shiva from a no-good boyfriend.
The film was written and directed by newcomer Diane Bell. It follows up Bell’s debut with the 2010 drama Obselidia.
Starring as Shiva is Zosia Mamet, who currently plays Shoshanna Shapiro on the popular HBO series Girls. The cast also features Joe Anderson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Kate Burton (Scandal), and Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class).
According to the Inquisitr, the story was inspired by Diane Bell’s experiences working as a teacher in Barcelona, Spain. The website quoted her saying, “I taught classes in social welfare centers for prostitutes, and that came about because I was working with social workers who suggested that I do it. I was shocked by the level of violence with which these women lived. It sounds really naive, but every time you went into that place, you would have to warn the women about a John who could beat them up.”
Bell went on to explain why Biel was drawn to the character she plays in the film. Bell remembers the actress responding, “I really relate to this person. Everyone thinks my life is perfect, but it’s about that truth underneath. Underneath it all, we’re all human.”
In addition to this film, Jessica Biel has at least three other features scheduled to premiere by the end of 2016, including the psychological crime thriller A Kind of Murder with Patrick Wilson, out later this year.
Bleeding Heart opens in theaters on Dec. 11.