Reese Witherspoon is going to play a drug dealer... but not the kind that runs drugs across borders or deals in shady corners. She'll instead be the kind who deals out prescription meds at the pharmacy counter. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Witherspoon is taking the lead in the cleverly titled "Pharm Girl," and will be producing it under her Type A banner.
The story centers on a woman who gets a job at a top pharmaceutical company, and rises quickly through the ranks, probably after doing her time hawking drugs, pens and pads to doctors and hospitals all across our great nation. As she becomes more successful within the company, she begins to see it's seedy underbelly.
Don't look for too much conspiracy and ugliness however, as THR is calling this an "aspirational comedy." That means? Snarky rather than scary. In fact, it might go beyond snark and into pure nastiness as the script is being written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the masterminds behind "Bad Santa." The pair is also in talks to direct the film.
Witherspoon has an enormous pre-production slate, so "Pharm Girl" won't be heading before cameras any time soon. You have to wonder just what kinds of drug discussions are taking place in her private life with her other half, Jake Gyllenhaal, having just signed onto "Love and Other Drugs," another drug-pushing comedy with a similar focus on the pharmaceutical industry.
Is Reese Witherspoon the girl to take on the prescription drug industry with help from the "Bad Santa" team? Do you wish she would tackle health care issues with a more dramatic take, or is comedy the best medicine?