Alanis Morissette has joined the cast of sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick's semiautobiographical feature adaptation "Radio Free Albemuth." The Canadian pop singer plays Sylvia, a woman who shows up in t

Alanis Morissette has joined the cast of sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick's semiautobiographical feature adaptation "Radio Free Albemuth." The Canadian pop singer plays Sylvia, a woman who shows up in the vision of a record label executive named Nick (Jonathan Scarfe) as a glamorous singer.

In reality, she's an ordinary woman in unexpected remission from lymphoma who, after appearing in Nick's visions, gets a job as his secretary. She becomes his soul mate thanks to the pair's shared spirituality and visions.

"Radio" began filming this month in and around Los Angeles. Director John Alan Simon adapted the script from Dick's 1976 novel, which was published posthumously in 1985. It was loosely based on his own experience with visions in the mid-'70s.

"I am a big fan of Philip K. Dick's poetic and expansively imaginative books," Morissette said. "I feel blessed to portray Sylvia, and to be part of this story being told in film."

Morissette guest-starred as a lesbian on three episodes of the FX plastic-surgery drama "Nip/Tuck" last year.

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