Joy Powell

Alysia Joy Powell, who appeared in last year's Jonah Hill comedy, The Sitter, will topline filmmaker Choice Skinner's indie comedy film, Big and Beautiful.

Co-written by Steven Grant, and to be directed by Skinner, who we have profiled before on S & A (his powerful dramatic short film Brotherly Love), the film deals with about a plus-sized woman named Jamela Jenkins (played by Powell), who has recently been cheated on by her fiancee.

When her best friend convinces her to attend a weight-loss/self-improvement resort, on an island, to recover from her broken heart, Jamela instead encounters zany people, zany times and new found love and romance with a sexy, personal trainer.

The fim will also star Michael Corey Davis, Farley Jackson, Daffany McGarry Clark, Felicia Tamika Sheppard and Lulu Valencia.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in spring 2013.