''Sopranos''' Meadow will play Heidi Fleiss. Jamie-Lynn DiScala will portray the former Hollywood madam in a TV movie for USA

By Gary Susman
Updated October 17, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

It was probably just a matter of time before Mafia daughter Jamie-Lynn DiScala (née Sigler) turned to a life of crime. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actress, who plays Meadow on ”The Sopranos,” will play Heidi Fleiss in a biopic made for USA, tentatively titled, ”Going Down: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss.”

In ”Going Down” (heh heh), which the cable channel hopes will air early next year, DiScala will trace Fleiss’ life, from daughter of a well-to-do doctor to notorious Hollywood madam to federal convict. ”I think Jamie is the perfect combination of a girl next door with real intelligence who has the ability to manipulate every situation she is in,” USA programming veep Jeff Wachtel told the Reporter. ”We’ve seen it in her role as Meadow on ‘The Sopranos,’ but it is much darker here.”

”The perfect actress for the role had to capture her innocence, the intelligence behind her eyes and a sexual allure, and that’s one thing Jamie has in spades,” the film’s producer, Stan Brooks, tells the Reporter. ”And the fact that she’s a Jewish girl from a nice family in New York, and Heidi was a Jewish girl from a nice family in California isn’t a bad thing either.”

DiScala recently shot her feature film debut in the forthcoming ”Extreme Dating.” Which sounds sort of like what Fleiss arranged for her clients.