Comedian Sarah Silverman
Comedian Sarah Silverman. Photo by Reuters
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Jewish comedian and actress Sarah Silverman has nabbed her first starring role on the silver screen in an upcoming adaptation of Amy Koppelman's novel, "I Smile Back."

The foul-mouthed funny woman plays Laney Brooks, a housewife from the New Jersey suburbs suffering from addictions to sex, drugs and booze. Brooks is post-rehab, funny on the surface, but dark on the inside.

The script was penned by Koppelman and Paige Dylan, wife of musician Jakob Dylan, son of Bob. Josh Charles has been cast to play Brooks' husband, and Thomas Sadoski from "The Newsroom" will play her lover. The film also features Chris Sarandon and Terry Kinney.

The movie has already been shooting for about a week on location in New York, according to Koppelman "wasn’t even thinking of writing a script until she heard Sarah doing on an interview on Howard Stern a couple of years ago. She called her up and said, I’m writing this for you. The two of them worked together on the script,” cited a source as saying.

Aside from the comedy that she is well-known for, Silverman has had small roles in movies and TV shows.