Big pharma goes legally blonde

Reese Witherspoon is to produce and star in a new comedy about a woman’s career within the drug industry.

Currently under development by Universal Pictures, Pharm Girl follows the central character’s experiences of big pharma as she rises through the ranks within the company.

Bad Santa screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are writing the screenplay and are also possibly to direct the film, which Witherspoon is producing via her ‘Type A’ banner.

The pharmaceutical industry is traditionally a villain in Hollywood productions, The Fugitive being one famous example of such negative potrayals, as well as the more recent The Constant Gardener.

This film represents another comedy role for Witherspoon, who came to prominence in comedies like Legally Blonde, yet took on a more dramatic role with her Oscar-winning turn in Walk the Line.