Jessica Simpson: Matt Sayles/AP
September 14, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Dukes of Hazzard (Movie - 2005)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
103 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/05/05
performer
Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Jessica Simpson, David Koechner, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds
director
Jay Chandrasekhar
author
Jonathan Davis
genre
Comedy

It’s official: Jessica Simpson will fill out Catherine Bach’s short-shorts. According to Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, in what is probably the least surprising piece of movie casting news this year, Simpson will make her feature acting debut as Daisy Duke in Warner Bros.’ upcoming big-screen adaptation of The Dukes of Hazzard. Simpson had been campaigning for months for the role, ultimately beating such reported rivals as Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, and Jessica Biel. Simpson’s previous film experience consists of playing a cameo as herself in The Master of Disguise, but playing a sweet Southern gal who likes to wear tight, skimpy outfits probably won’t be too much of a stretch.

Simpson joins a cast that includes Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as Daisy’s lead-footed cousins Luke and Bo Duke. The studio is reportedly considering Burt Reynolds for the role of the villainous Boss Hogg. Don’t expect a straightforward take on the 1979-85 CBS comedy; the studio commissioned a screenplay from the sketch comedy troupe Broken Lizard (Super Troopers, Club Dread). Despite a rewrite by John O’Brien, who helped adapt the studio’s tongue-in-cheek version of Starsky & Hutch, Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar is still directing.

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