Jennifer Aniston Sheds Sweet Image (But Not Her Clothes)

Not since 2002's The Good Girl opposite Jake Gyllenhaal has the star taken on such a sexy role to heat up her career

Six years after Rachel finally ended up with Ross, Jennifer Aniston is still best known for her girl-next-door image. But an upcoming film role suggests she may finally be ready for a change. Aniston, 41, is set to star in Horrible Bosses, a dark comedy about a group of friends who conspire to kill each other's employers. One of the bosses will be played by Aniston -- and the role is so sexually explicit, the rumor mill has been buzzing about how far Aniston will go. Is the modest actress preparing for her first nude scene?

Not quite, says Aniston's rep. "There are no plans for her to go fully nude or topless," the spokesperson told People, "but the role does require an aggressive sexuality that many folks have not seen from Jennifer on screen before." She described Aniston's part as "provocative and sexual, but also hysterically funny."

Aniston has been hinting for a while that she may want to take on sexier roles (remember when she wanted to be the next Bond girl?). And recent photo shoots in magazines and ads have been increasingly provocative. While there were some seriously steamy scenes in the 2002 indie The Good Girl -- Aniston filmed her role as Jake Gyllenhaal's married lover toward the end of her run on Friends -- fans seemed unwilling to embrace the beloved sitcom star in such mature fare. Today, Aniston's career move doesn't come as a total surprise, but of course, a sexy villainess role will inevitably elicit comparisons to Angelina Jolie -- which may be exactly what Aniston was avoiding by sticking to romantic comedies. Ironically, Aniston's upcoming costars will include Jason Sudeikis, the SNL comic who may or may not have left his wife for Aniston (Um... Team Jennifer?).

No doubt Aniston deserves the chance to make a move toward edgier material. And she can take her time getting to her first nude scene; Marisa Tomei and Holly Hunter got naked onscreen for the first time in their 40's, and they both looked fabulous.

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