Coming off the box office success of comedy We're the Millers in which she played a stripper-turned-housewife, Jennifer Aniston continues to make riskier choices in Daniel Schechter's Life Of Crime -- in which she fends off a would-be rapist. The flick will be the Toronto International Film Festival's Closing Night event on Sept. 14.
Based on the novel Switch by the late Elmore Leonard (Justified, Get Shorty), the movie serves as a prequel to Jackie Brown, which was adapted for the screen by Quentin Tarantino in 1997. In Life of Crime, Aniston, 44, plays the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer who is kidnapped for ransom money by two ex-cons Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bay) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes). Held against her will her character, Mickey Dawson, is forced to stave off harm and mistreatment at the hand of her captors.
In one particularly harrowing scene, she is nearly sexually assaulted by one of the villains, Richard (played by Mark Boone Junior); in the sequence, Junior rips off her bra, although Aniston stays covered up. Full of tension, the attack is unnverving to watch.
According to multiple people close to the production, Aniston was game to shoot the disturbing scene, and make sure that it looked authentic. "Being the level of actor that she is you would imagine that she would be closed off, but she was actually very giving and brave in the scene," one production source tells Us Weekly. "She wanted to get it right."