Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku's residence in Fox's Dollhouse isn't stopping her from stepping out for new projects.

The Joss Whedon muse is developing a biopic of late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, E! News reports. Mapplethorpe, who died in 1989 of complications from AIDS, was the subject of national controversy because of his homoerotic work.

"Literally this week after quite some time, we finalized the deal with the Mapplethorpe estate," Dushku said.

The actress' brother Nate will star as Mapplethorpe, who was 42 when he died.

"Nate physically has an uncanny resemblance to Robert," she said. "Some pictures are really eerie."

Dushku's eye for casting may stem from the experience behind the camera she's already gotten. The Buffy and Angel alum also has a producing credit on Dollhouse, which premieres on Feb. 13 at 9 pm/ET.

The new Whedon show features Dushku as one of a team of secret agents with programmed personalities that are custom-made for each mission and then wiped clean before the next.

What do you think Dushku's foray into film production and her choice of material?