By Freelance Writer ( | First Posted: Feb 11, 2014 02:55 AM EST

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Is Jennifer Aniston substituting 'Friends' for a dessert? Fans of the hugely popular 90s sitcom would not find that sweet.

It looks like the actress wants to step up her game and get involved behind the scenes too. Variety announced that the 'We're the Millers' star will not only be starring in indie drama 'Cake,' she'll also be executive producing it.

Talk about making a huge investment. Will her returns be just as big?

It's pretty much a known fact that the 44-year-old beauty's films don't always become box office hits. However, based on the film's story and her meaty role, it looks like she'll need to bring out more of her acting chops so she'll sink into it nicely.

Daniel Barnz will be directing the said flick, which is the first of 5 films involved in a $50 million deal made between After Dark Films and China-based Shenghua Entertainment. This collaboration will operate as Cinelou Films.

The script for 'Cake' is based on a script by Patrick Tobin. The story revolves around "the acerbic, hilarious Claire Simmons," the character Jennifer will play, E! News reported. She's "a woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of Nina, a woman in her chronic pain support class."

"As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband, Claire also grapples with her own very raw personal tragedy," the story's brief continued.

"I've especially loved her more dramatic performances," director Barnz said of one of Hollywood's It girls. "I can't wait to watch her tackle a role that has such a brilliantly funny voice and so much raw pain."

Sounds very interesting, especially when you consider the fact that we haven't seen Jennifer take on such an "emotional" role in quite a while.

No information about when 'Cake' begins filming was given.

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