EXCLUSIVE: Jaime King has been cast as the female lead in Cutman, the indie drama starring Ray Liotta that comes from producer-director Michael Mailer.

The script, written by Tiffany Heath, follows a retired boxer who is dying of cancer and working as an enforcer for low-level mobsters. He is haunted by the death of his “cutman” and just wants to die in peace before he meets a junkie and her daughter as they all search for meaning and revenge.

King will play the junkie Josie Ray Broussard, a haunted shell of a soul, with a fragile body, left horrifically traumatized by the abuse she endured as a child. Tarnished by heroin addiction and hard living, Josie is a drifter who travels with her 10-year-old daughter, Stryk, wherever the wind blows them. She raises Stryk in the best way she knows how — to learn the pain and harshness of sheer survival using her own version of brutal tough love — to make her point. Josie, who seems to revel in the misery where she and her daughter now live, uses her feminine wiles and fierce will to complete a dark mission of revenge and redemption.

King recently shot Escape Plan 2 and Escape Plan 3 opposite Sylvester Stallone, and the indie drama Ice Cream in the Cupboard adapted from the book by Pat Moffett, and up next is How to Cook Your Daughter, a drama based on a memoir by Jessica Hendra and Blake Morrison about Hendra’s experience growing up as the daughter of a National Lampoon editor and suffering verbal and sexual abuse at his hands.

King, who will next voice a character for the TV series Transformers: Power of the Primes, is repped by Gersh, WME, manager Oren Segal and Myman Greenspan.