''Boxing Helena'' news -- Jennifer Lynch tells us about her new film and casting Madonna in the lead role

All the vogueing in the world won’t help Madonna with her next role, which calls for the ambitious blond to play a limbless woman who lives in a box. The movie, Boxing Helena, marks the directorial debut of Jennifer Lynch, 22-year-old daughter of Twin Peaks cocreator David Lynch. While her father’s movies explore the twisted underpinnings of superficial normality, Jennifer’s will embrace a straight-on weird tale. ”It’s an unfortunate modern-day love story about obsession and self-deprivation,” she says. ”But it will be done with tact and taste.” Lynch wrote the full-length feature at age 19.

And Madonna? (She plays opposite Sweet Dreams‘ Ed Harris.) ”Honestly,” Lynch says, ”I’m incredibly surprised with her. It wasn’t my idea to have her (it was a joint decision with the producer), and I battled it, but now I believe she’s 100 percent appropriate. People will consider Madonna an actress after this.” When the film is finished early next year, Lynch plans to marry her boyfriend of two and a half years, drum technician and stage manager Donald Telles, with whom she already shares an L.A. home just three minutes from her father’s. ”The wedding is as soon as I’ve recuperated from filming,” she says.