The former Hart of Dixie actress will take on the main role in the movie, which is based on the book written by Jessica and USA Today journalist Blake Morrison, according to Deadline.

First published in 2005, the tome details Jessica's experience growing up as the daughter of Tony Hendra, a comedian who helped launch the careers of John Belushi and Chevy Chase, and also wrote and edited The National Lampoon.

But according to allegations made by Jessica, Tony also overindulged in alcohol and drugs, and subjected her to verbal and sexual abuse, eventually causing her to spiral into a path of eating disorders bulimia and anorexia.

How to Cook Your Daughter, titled after a satirical piece her father wrote only a few months before the alleged abuse began, Jessica's story is an unflinching and unsentimental look at her childhood, set in the backdrop of the 1970s comedy scene.

It also tells of her finding the strength as an adult to demand that the rights of all abuse survivors be taken seriously, and reveals how she came to the decision to publicly confront her father - sacrificing any hope of reconciling with him and setting into motion a New York Times investigation into her story. Tony continues to deny Jessica's abuse claims.

The Silent Thief director Jennifer Clary is attached to helm the movie, with production slated to begin in November (17).

How to Cook Your Daughter will mark yet another serious part for Jaime, who started her career as a fashion model.

The 37-year-old has made her name in Hollywood thanks to parts in 2001's Pearl Harbor, Robert Rodriguez' Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and 2009 horror film My Bloody Valentine 3D.

She also recently promoted her indie drama B**ch, which also stars Jason Ritter, at the Sundance Film Festival in January (17).