Katherine Heigl To Switch Gears For Psychological Thriller

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Fans of Katherine Heigl’s early days as Izzie on Grey’s Anatomy (like, when she was a smartmouthed doctor, before she got cancer and started hallucinating sex with her dead boyfriend) and even earlier days as an alien on Roswell, have no doubt been hoping she can dig herself out of the romantic comedy hole she’s dug herself in recent years. And at last, after this months’ New Year’s Eve and next month’s One for the Money, she’s taking a giant leap out of that hole. Today, TheFABlife has learned that she’s attached to star as a forensic psychiatrist in Kill Switch, the movie adaptation of the psychological thriller by former Law & Order: SVU exec producer Neal Baer and co-exec Jonathan Greene.

The book, which doesn’t come out until next week, is the first in a series about psychiatrist Claire Waters, who has a knack for getting people to confide in her, even the most cold-hearted criminals. The first novel brings Claire to the psychiatric wing of Rikers Island, where she meets “deranged” inmate Quimby, whose abusive history makes Claire start to reveal her own painful secrets. Kevin McCormick (whose resume ranges from Saturday Night Fever to Arthur) is producing the flick along with Katherine and her mother, Nancy Heigl. Best of all, it doesn’t sound like there’s a wedding dress or an accidental pregnancy in sight!

[Photos: Getty Images, Kensington Books]