Casting Call: Katherine Heigl lands Plum role, Tim Robbins turns on 'Green Lantern'
herine Heigl is about to take on one of the most beloved characters in contemporary fiction.
The "Grey's Anatomy" star has signed on for the lead in "One for the Money," Columbia Pictures' film adaptation of the first book in Janet Evanovich's popular series, reports Variety.
Heigl will play Stephanie Plum, a recently unemployed lingerie buyer who turns to bounty hunting for a living. The spunky bounty hunter is single, owns a pet hamster and often relies on her family to help her with her job. The book series is rather extensive, so it's possible the franchise could be extended for several films, depending on "One's" reception.
The character in the books is often described as having brown hair, so it's a possibility that Heigl may have to dye her dirty blonde 'do. Reese Witherspoon had been previously attached to play the lead, and there had been buzz about Sandra Bullock or Anne Hathaway taking the plum role.
In other movie casting news:
- Tim Robbins will get political with the upcoming "Green Lantern" film at Warner Bros. says THR's Heat Vision blog. He'll play Senator Hammond, the father of Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), a villain who takes on psychic powers. Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular DC Comics hero, and Blake Lively plays his love interest.
- Amber Tamblyn will star opposite James Franco in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours." According to Deadline Hollywood, she'll play the girlfriend of mountaineer Aron Ralston (Franco), who had to amputate his own limb and then scale down a mountain after getting pinned under a boulder during a climb. Based on a true story.
- Cate Blanchett has signed on for "Hanna," directed by "Atonement's" Joe Wright. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as a 14-year-old who's been raised to be a killer by her dad and then connects with a gentle French family.
- Steven Soderbergh's thriller "Contagion," about a viral outbreak, has attracted big-name stars, including Matt Damon and Jude Law. Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard are also being courted for the film.
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