Jen to Play Mrs. Robinson's Daughter

02/06/2004 AT 01:48 PM EST

Jennifer Aniston, whose own real-life problems with her mother have been widely chronicled, is about to play the leading role in an as-yet-untitled movie about a woman whose mother is the inspiration for Mrs. Robinson, the notorious fictional mother in "The Graduate," says the Hollywood Reporter.

Filming is due to begin in April, says the trade paper, with Aniston taking the role of a woman who discovers that her parents may, in fact, have been the real-life inspiration for the characters of Benjamin Braddock and Mrs. Robinson in the Charles Webb novel and Mike Nichols movie.

In "The Graduate," Benjamin, just graduated from an East Coast college, has a highly illicit affair with the seductive Mrs. R, who is the wife of his father's business partner. Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft played the two iconic figures in the 1967 screen classic.

As for Aniston and her real (but estranged) mother, writer-photographer Nancy Aniston, they are still not on speaking terms five years after the elder Aniston wrote a book about her relationship with her daughter, the "Friends" star told Diane Sawyer earlier this month as she was promoting her movie "Along Came Polly.

"I never thought my mom would not know my husband," said Aniston, 34, referring to Brad Pitt. The actress says she and Nancy Aniston haven't been close since her mother granted an interview to a tabloid TV show and penned a book about their relationship, titled "From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir."

"She made a mistake ... I don't think she knew any better – obviously," said Jennifer.

The book was described in its publicity materials as providing "an example of how to cope with and understand estrangement between parent and child."

But the book's message certainly has not worked to reunite Jennifer and Nancy Aniston, at least so far.

"I've definitely tried," Jennifer said of any attempt at reconciliation with her mom. "I made the efforts, and I've sort of started ... you know, it's that stubborn thing of, 'Well, I tried ... I tried enough. Now it's your turn.'"
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