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Wednesday
Jan252012

Casting Stephanie Plum!

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?

Katherine Heigl.

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!

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Reader Comments (9)

I much prefer your casting! I was so disappointed in their choices -- Katherine Heigl, really? And that Morelli doesn't look remotely like the Morelli I had in mind... Mark Wahlberg comes much closer!

I watched the preview out of curiosity, but I don't think I'll actually see the movie. Maybe I'll finish the series instead! I only got to 12 or 13.

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnni

I'm OBSESSED with the Stephanie Plum books! I absolutely agree with The Rock as Ranger and I think Sherri Shepherd is going to be perfect for Lula! I also love the idea of Marissa Tomei as Connie - that would be perfect!

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

THANK YOU! Every time that preview comes on TV, I start griping to the husband about K.H. He has never heard of the books and frankly isn't even 100% solid on who K.H. is, so he's a thoroughly unsatisfying gripe target. So thank you for filling my unfulfilled need to grumble about this exact issue. :)

And P.S. she may be too old now, but I always pictured Marisa Tomei, circa My Cousin Vinny.

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTwoWishes Tara

I haven't read these books but now I'm interested! I might have to add the first few to my reading list! And um...I just never thought I'd see Tori from Saved by the Bell again, but I'm glad someone else remembers her ;)

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I could not agree more that Katherine Hiegel is a collosal fail as Stephanie Plum. How am I to believe her as a brunette NJ girl? I always pictured the lead from the short-lived tv show That's Life that also starred Paul Sorvino and Ellen Burnstyn. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0656686/ I love love love this series but I'm kind of disappointed in this casting all around.

I was against Renee Zeilweger as Bridget Jones but was proven wrong when I saw the movie. So maybe this movie will do the same?

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchristi

Christi - you bring up a VERY good point re: Bridget Jones!

Tara - I think Marisa Tomei needs to be in this movie somewhere, which is why I ended up with her as Connie. Marisa Tomei circa 1994 would be PERFECT.

Anni - Yes, you should finish them!

January 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterKristin

OK, OK, I'll finally start reading these books!

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I can't believe it's KH... totally not who plays Stephanie in the movie in my head. :o) I just picked up 18 fromt he library. Can't wait to crack it open.

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I am boycotting the movie on the sole principal that Katherine Heigel is NOT Stephanie Plum. SP is an imperfect mess that does not take herself too seriously - KH can't even pretend she doesn't take herself too seriously. That's Hollywood for you. I just want to know when they are stop going to take fabulous books and making crappy movies - come up with your own scripts!!!

Anyway, glad to know I have peeps on my side.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKiley

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