These days you can’t chuck a cat without hitting a piece of gossip about actress Katie Holmes’ personal life, but all of that domestic drama doesn’t mean that she’s going to be taking a step back from her career or shying away from life in the public eye. Quite the opposite really, in the wake of a recent divorce she seems to be redoubling her efforts in the movie business and doing whatever she can to kick-start the second phase of her career. To that end she has co-wrote, is co-producing, and will star in a new movie called Molly, the particulars of which could be earning it quite a bit of coverage in the mainstream media sometime soon.

Molly, which People Magazine says is set to begin production in New York City next week, details the life of a single mother who has to deal with the hectic schedule of raising a daughter on her own. While this is a simple story that would have seemed innocuous enough a couple of weeks ago, given the fact that Holmes is currently divorcing her husband, Tom Cruise, and seeking custody of their young daughter, soon it will very likely be a case of life imitating art.

Which begs the question, why would she put this project together now? Is this simply a case of an artist not being able to avoid putting what’s going on in her life into her art? Or is it a shrewd attempt to cash in on the media blitz that’s certain to be following Holmes into her newly single life? And, more importantly to fans of film, will Holmes writing a story that’s seemingly so personal reveal that she has talents we didn’t even know about?

This could very well be the first steps that the actress is taking on a journey toward becoming a high powered writer/producer. Where does her ambition end? Might we also see her attempt to sit in the director’s chair sometime soon? Certainly that would be more than we ever expected from Dawson’s high school crush, and an interesting transformation to watch take place. [via ScreenCrush]

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