I am a voracious reader. As I said in my Weddingbee profile, my life has been known to come to a screeching halt when in the middle of a great book! I am a member of a fun, yet serious (we actually read the books & talk about them!) book club and have been introduced to so many incredible books over the years.
That being said, I have a soft spot in my head for Ms. Stephanie Plum. Heroine of the Janet Evanovich numbered books (One for the Money, Two for the Dough...all the way to Explosive Eighteen), she is one of my favorite girls in fiction literature. I was really, really hesitant to start reading these book because I was certain I wouldn't like them, but one of my best friends kept telling me I would like them & she was right (she is right a lot)!
The books are a fun, light read that I always enjoy. Stephanie and her love triangle with Ranger and Morelli, her bounty hunter antics with Lula - I love them all! So when I heard that One for the Money was being made into a movie, I was excited yet hesitant. Who would play Stephanie Plum?
No. Just, no. I even like her & think she can be funny, but she does not fit the description of SP. I do not agree with this casting decision, so I decided to cast the movie myself. *Note* I did not look at the rest of the cast! I still haven't, but I may by the time I am done with this post. Okay, I really need to stop with this words and get on to the pictures! Without further ado, I give you my One for the Money casting...
Stephanie Plum - Jennifer Garner
When reading these books, I always picture Stephanie looking like Tori from Saved by the Bell.
Curly brown hair, 90's-ish (the first book was written in 1994, so I definitely think of this style when picturing her), Trenton NJ, has a pet hamster named Rex. I mean, right?
I know this isn't a realistic casting decision, so I've gone with my back-up - Jennifer Garner. I'm showing (what I assume is her) high school picture as well, which solidifies my decision. This was a really hard decision for me! Sandra Bullock is also really high up there.
Lula - Loni Love or Sherri Shepherd
Loni is a hilarious comedian who could nail the voice of Lula. I also think Sherri Shepherd is hilarious as Tracy Morgan's wife on 30 Rock & fitting for this role as well!
Joe Morelli - Mark Wahlberg
Again, maybe it's the 90's thing that is still stuck in my mind, but I think Marky Mark would be the perfect Morelli.
Ranger - Dwayne Johnson
Yes, the Rock. I didn't want to type that out because I'm not talking about the weird eyebrow raising, caricatured wrestler/actor. I'm going on looks here, and I've pictured him as Ranger since One for the Money.
Vincent Plum - Matt Dillon
Vinnie is Stephanie's smarmy, man-whorish uncle who runs the bail bond company. Matt Dillon is perfect for this!
Connie - Marisa Tomei or Constance Zimmer
Again, I can picture both of them in the role of Connie, the Italian, mafia connected office manager. Constance Zimmer plays Dana Gordon on Entourage & she is loud and can hold her own against Ari.
This post has absolutely nothing to do with design, but it really was so much fun to write. And we're totally seeing the movie when it comes out, Katherine Heigl and all.
*edited to add*
I looked at the cast (woohoo for Sherri Shepherd!) & realized that I picture everyone a lot older than who is in the movie :) I still like mine better, although Ranger IS pretty spot-on (if a little young).
p.s. There is even a Facebook page dedicated to "Against Katherine Heigl Playing Stephanie Plum"! Funny.
p.p.s. Just saw that KH is the exectuive producer on the film - no wonder she was "cast" in the role!