Jessica Biel is following in Lindsay Lohan's footsteps. The ones that will lead her to her next movie role, anyway.
The former 7th Heaven star has landed the role of Hester Worsley in the big-screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance, the character Lohan was scheduled to play before she decided to pare down her to-do list, a rep from Myriad Films confirmed to E! News.
Lohan dropped the project last week, with her publicist saying that the 20-year-old starlet needed to focus on getting better for now. The Mean Girls star checked into rehab in January, shortly after her mom, Dina, revealed that she had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
While she has been staying at the Wonderland Center in Laurel Canyon at night, Lohan has been free to work during the day. She returned to the set of the thriller I Know Who Killed Me nine days after beginning treatment. Production had already been postponed to allow Lohan time to recover from the emergency appendectomy surgery she underwent early last month.
Next up for Lohan is a publicity tour to promote her multigenerational female-bonding drama Georgia Rule. Felicity Huffman and Jane Fonda play Lohan's mother and grandmother.
Biel, 24, most recently starred in the Iraq war drama Home of the Brave and has the Philip K. Dick sci-fi thriller Next, costarring Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore, and the latest Adam Sandler comedy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, in the pipeline.
While she spent seven years playing Mary Camden on the family-friendly WB (now CW) favorite 7th Heaven, Biel also amassed hottie roles in lightweight fare such as Summer Catch, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blade: Trinity and Stealth. She has also been tapped for far meatier hottie roles in dramas such as Elizabethtown, Rules of Attraction and The Illusionist.
Perhaps Biel can channel some of that 7th Heaven innocence/rebellious-daughter energy to play A Woman of No Importance's Hester, an American Puritan vacationing at a manor in the English countryside. Witty British shenanigans ensue. The propriety-skewering comedy also stars Annette Bening and Sean Bean.