What’s wrong with Katherine Heigl’s Stephanie Plum movie?


Last year, Katherine Heigl got a job that she really, really shouldn’t have gotten. She dyed her hair an ugly brown color and got cast as Stephanie Plum, the Jersey girl, Calamity Jane bounty hunter in the first film adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s popular series. The film, based on Evanovich’s One for the Money, was being pushed as a potential franchise for Dame Heigl, much to my dismay. Anyway, they filmed it last year, and it was set to be released in June. Then it got pushed back to a July release. And now the studio has completely taken it off their summer release schedule:

Lionsgate has pulled the Katherine Heigl comedy thriller One for the Money from its summer slate to an undetermined date this year. The film, based on the popular Janet Evanovich novels about bail bondswoman Stephanie Plum, had been moved from July 8 to June 3 earlier this month to keep it out of the way of Sony Pictures’ The Zookeeper and Warner Bros.’ Horrible Bosses (both comedies). The June date, however, placed the film against Fox’s superhero mega-prequel X-Men: First Class.

“We just want to find the right home for [the film],” a Lionsgate rep tells EW, “and that [date] didn’t feel like it.”

[From Entertainment Weekly]

Granted, I don’t think ANY film adaptation of Evanovich’s books should be promoted as a standard summer comedy. The books are bestsellers, and the Plum character has a built-in fan base. I imagine the marketing for the film is going to be tricky – you want to remind fans of the books that this is their movie, while still bringing in people who haven’t read any of the books. That being said, I’m getting a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. Isn’t it possible that the film is being pushed back and delayed because it’s an unmitigated disaster? I mean, this is Dame Heigl we’re talking about. At one time she was considered the heir to Julia Roberts, and she single-handedly destroyed that with her bad choices, bad attitude and her big, bitchy mouth.

Sidenote, just for fans of the books: Would you like to know the other vital casting? Jason O’Mara as Morelli (he’s cute and everything, but in my mind, Morelli looks more like Jon Hamm), Sherri Shepherd as Lula (best casting, honestly), Daniel Sunjata as Ranger (not bad, but Ranger is supposed to be tough as hell and Daniel just doesn‘t come across like that), and DEBBIE REYNOLDS as Grandma Mazur!! Okay, that one casting decision has guaranteed that I will see this movie, whenever it is released.



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  1. Venus says:

    I’m a fan of the books & will be very sad if the movie sucks. I had a sinking feeling when they cast Heigl, but held out hope. I agree though — now that the film is being constantly pushed back, that hope is gone. Oh well, *if* it ever does get released, I guess I’ll see it just out of loyalty to the book.
    I actually think Jason O’Mara is a perfect choice for Morelli — he’s an Italian Jersey cop, so to me that equals “tough, street smart guy.” As sexy as Jon Hamm is, he doesn’t have those qualities, imo, because he (1) doesn’t look Italian and (2) is too “elegant” looking for Morelli. Also, I don’t care if Daniel Sunjata is “tough enough” for Ranger — he is beautiful & mysterious looking, so I think he’s a great fit as Ranger. Debbie Reynolds is genius for Grandma Mazur & Sherri Sheppard seems like a great choice for Lula — can the movie really be that bad with all of them? I guess with Heigl, it can be.

  2. Reality says:

    Secret confession- I actually like her. I love her outspoken personality and I agree with her that Knocked Up was kinda sexist, and her character was a shrew. I just find her very ‘watchable’, and I honestly stopped watching Grey’s after she left.

    She’s not cookie-cutter, she doesn’t seem to play the game, and she sometimes bites the hand that feeds her, but like Julia Roberts, she is also very likable and charming on screen.

  3. Dana says:

    “Whats wrong with Katherine Heigl’s Stephanie Plum movie?” Heigl! And One for the Money was a much darker book than the later ones that became all stupid dog poo jokes and Stephanie rolling around in muck. The part where Lula is left on Steph’s balcony is truly scary.

  4. searching4grace says:

    *SIGHS* I was seriously rooting for Amanda Peet to be Stephanie Plum. I’ll watch the movie, but live in fear that every time I read a new Plum book, I’ll forever be stuck with Heigl in my head.

  5. Saskia says:

    I’ve only ever seen Heigl in a couple of things, but I have to admit she’s not a terrible actress. She can be funny and even occasionally charming when she’s pretending to be somebody else. She’s just so aggressively unpleasant in her real, actual life that I suspect she’s got a laminated mission statement on her fridge that says “MAKE ‘EM ALL HATE YOU!”

    The thing is though, she may be a smug, boring, loudmouth bitch but she’s generally pretty harmless. She’s not, to the best of my knowledge, getting wasted and carjacking people or stealing everything that ain’t nailed down. I don’t believe she’s ever punched someone who was holding an infant at the time. I’m at least 85% certain she’s never locked a hooker in a closet, and none of her exes have accused her of threatening to kill them. She’s self absorbed, kind of dumb, rumored to be rather unprofessional and I really don’t like her, but all things considered she’s not all that bad. You know, by comparison. I might even spit on her if she was on fire.

    I’ve never read any of the Stephanie Plum books though, so maybe I just don’t have proper context.

  6. hmmmm says:

    oooh, Amanda Peet! I can totally see that! sigh….. what could have been…

  7. Dorothy#1 says:

    I also love the books, so I am not sure if I will see the movies. I hate when a book is ruined by the movie. But I guess it couldn’t be worse than The Time Travelers Wife.

  8. whitedaisy says:

    If the script was as good as the book, they should have cast unknowns for all of the roles.

  9. searching4grace says:

    @ Saskia, It’s not about Heigl in particular, she was just NOT the right actress for that character. I don’t think she can pull off the right attitude. She’s been in a couple of movies I like. I just feel they should have gone with an actress who didn’t pull “bitchy” off quite so well.

  10. CB Rawks says:

    I heard recently that Lionsgate had gone belly-up. Could that be part of it?

  11. Canuck says:

    Morelli should have been someone like Gilles Marini who looks Italian, looks like a bad boy and is smoking hot. Honestly, who the f casts an Irishman as an Italian? Disappointed with Heigl’s casting and O’Mara’s too. 🙁

  12. LeManda says:

    Heighl may be able to pull off the Plume attitude but she’s all wrong physically for the role. For those who haven’t read the book Stephanie Plume is a little ITALIAN-NewJersey big mouth. Big, HUGE, curly hair. Big red lips. In all honesty think of Fran Drescher’s ‘The Nanny’ but less voice and in tight jeans.
    All the characters are a bit off. No one seems tough enough to be playing these roles. Though Debbie Reynold’s is funny how is she pulling off a tiny, very old, trouble making Italian woman who’s obsessed with open coffins at funerals? She’s too sun shiny. The whole cast is too sun shiny smiles! I agree that this book is very dark even though there are funny parts.

  13. Kaye says:

    I’m a fan of the Stephanie Plum books also (read all of ’em), but I don’t remember getting the impression Stephanie has “big red lips.”

    Amanda Peet would have been GREAT in that role.

    • Kira says:

      I love the whole casting – Joe, Ranger, Lula, Stephanie. I think Heigl is perfect. I can’t imagine Jon Hamm as Joe Morelli. I think Grandma Mazur could’ve been cast differently, though. All the other choices people are suggesting – Sandra Bullock, Amanda Peet, Isla Fisher – are all wrong.

  14. Lantana says:

    Thumbs up for Jon Hamm as Morelli. That totally nails the character!

  15. Riley says:

    I bet that Lionsgate is really really really nervous about having Heigl in the film. That movie she did with Ashton Kutcher practically bankrupted them. Oh and Katie looks stoned out of her mind in the top photo. It is never good when people have to lead you.

  16. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I’m a huge fan of those books (since I live in central NJ, just a few miles from Trenton) and I thought ALL of the casting was bad.

    I LOVE Sunjata, but he isn’t right for Ranger. The rest of them I can take or leave…but none are right for the roles.

    I agree, they should have been all unknowns, it would have made a better movie…and while I’m on the subject, it shouldn’t have been a movie at all. Each book would be perfect for a full season on a pay-cable channel, along the lines of True Blood or Dexter.

    Unfortunately, Evanovich sold the rights to that book WAY back in the day so she doesn’t have any say in any of it.

  17. Samigirl says:

    Janet’s fan club on fb is really conflicted. Most of us feel the movie is gonna suck. I really like the casting choice for Ranger and Morelli, but I HATE Katherine for Stephanie. Although she’s way too old, I think Marissa Tomei when I think of Stephanie. I HATE the idea of SS for Lula. Monique would be much better. Lula is supposed to be a big girl. SS may have the attitude, but she isn’t thick enough to play Lula. If the movie ever gets released, I will prolly wait for it to come out on Netflix. I don’t want some of my fave books ruined by this movie that will most likely suck. I think they should have made it a tv series instead of a movie. It has the potential to go for many years, and every episode could end with one of Stephanie’s cars getting destroyed 😀

  18. Hautie says:

    “….and I thought ALL of the casting was bad….”


    They should have casted unknowns or at least cast someone who at least looks Italian. Pretty natural brunette with the curls, as Stephanie.

    I also agree these books should have been made for TV movies.

    HBO would have been a good choice. Since they have the money and ton of actress’ wanting a good TV character to play.

    Maybe do a 4 hour movie for each book. They would have made a fortune.

    But Heigl will kill this series before it can find a audience. I suspect fans of the book, like I am. Just will not find her a plausible Stephanie.

    Especially with that tragic hair-do she had for the filming of it.

    But I will mention this… I always think/picture Jeremy Piven as her sleezy cousin, Vinnie Plum… when I read the books. 🙂

  19. Samigirl says:

    @hautie,I always picture Steve Buscemi.

  20. Emma says:

    @reality, I like her too and I’m looking forward to seeing her play Stephanie…. blasphemy, I know, but I think she’s got good comedic timing and I also think she’s ‘average-pretty’ enough for the role. If that makes any sense. O’Mara as Morelli– meh. I’m more of a Ranger girl anyway, but he seems like a good choice. Sunjata as Ranger– all right. Not really what I was picturing, but okay. He’s pretty hot, but just a little, I don’t know, kind of “pretty.” In my mind, Ranger ain’t “pretty.” Reynolds as Mazur… YES! And Sherri Shepherd is another yes! (though admittedly not quite as loud 🙂 ).

  21. Rex says:

    I wanted Sandra Bullock for Stephanie.

  22. Ruby Red Lips says:

    No no no! KH is all wrong for Stephanie Plum, why oh why??? Def will not being seeing this, will ruin the books for me if I do. Big boo 🙁

    Edit, good idea Rex, SB would have been much better choice

  23. ShellyMay says:

    This is what Hollywood does to all the original material they receive. Look at “Sh*T My Dad Says”. They took a funny concept and destroyed it. Now it’s one of those dumb, mindless comedies that is too painful to watch.
    If they would have put it on FX at 10pm at night and kept all the adult material it would have been funny in the way of “Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.
    Plus the studios cast according to popularity and because they owe someone a three picture deal.
    God forbid they cast according to the real fans of the book. If they would poll the real fans to find out who would be most suited to play the character they are familiar with, they might have a successful movie.

  24. RecoveringActor says:

    10 years ago, Sandra Bullock would have been great. Unfortunately, now she’s too old for Stephanie Plum.

    I have come to accept the casting of Sherri Shepherd. I was REALLY hoping that Lula was going to be Niecy Nash.

    • Stefanie says:

      I completely agree. I know people were in love with Sandra Bullock playing Stephanie, but Stephanie is suppose to be in her 20’s, not 40’s and as young as Sandra looks, I don’t think she could pull off 20 🙁

  25. Fannie says:

    Oh Sunjata is plenty tough enough to play Ranger. They dont come any tougher or sexier than Franco on Rescue Me. Plus he has mad acting chops! In fact there’s not a better casting choice in Hollywood IMO. So don’t hate, appreciate haha

  26. xxodettexx says:

    HUGE fan of the books… my casting thoughts:

    heigel – TERRIBLE, sorry but italian/hungarian she is NOT!

    o’mara as morelli -umm, no, just no! we need more italian looking men! i mean he is okay but he is no morelli… at least not how i fantasized about him!

    sherri shepherd as Lula – i guess okay but i really wanted her to be more big loud and proud! like a monique!

    sunjata as Ranger – REALLY??? this is the massive hottie that makes plum’s ears steam?? [dont get me wrong, loved him on rescue me but he is NO ranger!]

    debbie reynolds as Grandma Mazur – i can see this…

    anyway, i am rarely a fan of movies based off books…

  27. curmudgeon says:

    I’ve never read the books, but I know KH movies are a disaster. Ergo….

  28. Relli says:

    Daniel Sunjata!!!! I am going to see this movie just for him.

    He IS my ultimate guy and soooo hot………he totally reminds me of the one i let get away. sigh, excuse me while i go have a moment.

    Honestly Kaiser, i feel you i get really upset when they make my favorite books into movies, it ruins the images i have conjured up in my head. DO NOT even get me started on House of Spirits!

  29. Grace says:

    Gwyneth Paltrow annoys the crap out of me, and I still really liked Emma. Maybe this movie will be the same for those of you who don’t like Katherine Heigl.

  30. operagirl says:

    I loved the earlier books, and have always been torn between Morelli and Ranger. I, too, like Heigl in movies, just not in real life, and not for Stephanie Plum. Stephanie was a hot little Jersey number. Heigl has a different feel to her.

    Lately, I’ve been devouring some more paranormal mystery offerings I would *love* to see on screen. Madelyn Alt’s Bewitching series, anyone? and Kim Harrison’s The Hollows? AWESOME fun. Books have been doing it for me so much more than movies lately.

  31. crazydaisy says:

    she reminds me of scarlett johansen. but…blurrier.

  32. amanda says:

    Loved the books but when reading them I always pictured Marissa Tomei(with some extra pounds) as Plum. Absolutely hate that they cast Heigl. Maybe they’ll reshoot and replace Heigl. I can dream! 😛

  33. Vesper says:

    @recovering actor – Sandra Bullock is too old for the part?

    Isn’t Heigl approximately the same age? She looks it, or maybe its just the negativity that she projects.

  34. Grace says:

    @Vesper: It must the negativity. Sanda Bullock is 46 and Katherine Heigl is 32.

  35. Violet says:

    I would have liked sandra bullock for this too but she is about ten years too old. not that it ever really matters in hollywood. But i love Stephanie plum and I’ll see it when it comes out with fingers crossed. i don’t hate katherine heigl the way some people do.

  36. TQB says:

    I cannot WAIT to hear who Heigl throws under the bus for this…

  37. the original bellaluna says:

    “The right home for the movie” is “straight to DVD” release.

    At least until Naveen Andrews is cast as Ranger (there is no better bad-ass; he’s dark, he’s handsome, he’s AWESOME!), and Gabby Sidibe (sp?) is cast as Lula (girlfriend has the attitude to carry off that role, though she may be too young. I still think she could do it. She’s got chops!). And Heigl has been replaced by someone who can carry the role.

  38. Kelly says:

    I think the movie is fairly well cast. Heigel may not be the 1st choice but she’s a decent actress so I’ll give her a chance to sell it to me through her performance. Same for O’Mara. Oh and yes the 6’2″ 210 Lbs of yummyness known as Daniel Sunjata is sure to do a fantastic (orgasmic? Lol) job as mysterious tough guy Ranger. I keep hearing that people were thinking The Rock but the main problem with him is that he looks old and he sucks as an actor. Not so with Sunjata. He’s winning!! Totally can not WAIT!

  39. 10 says:


  40. KatScorp says:

    I stopped reading after Hard Eight. Got in the middle of a big fight between the Cupcakes and the Ranger Babes; the I read Hard Eight and couldn’t give a damn anymore. I used to have a website for the series (anyone remember the site with the Sandra Bullock background?).

    I can’t see Kath Heigl as Stephanie Plum. Stephanie has some badass to her (when she wasn’t whining) and Heigl has no edge. Amanda Peet would be more believable. As a Whedonverse-fanatic, I’d secretly hoped Alexis would be Morelli, or J August as Ranger. Both would have been HEAVEN. Come to think of it, after Amy Acker’s cool performance as Illyria, I would totally be down with her as as Plum.

    Aw hell, even Charisma Carpenter. Just drop all of Angel’s central casting into ‘One For the Money’. You’d have the Plum fanbase and the Angel fanbase. That would make enough to cover the cost of production, easily.

    Plus it would be funny to see Wesley and Gunn fighting over Fred again.

  41. Caz says:

    As a long time devoted Stephanie Plum book fan….Sandra Bullock as Stephanie!! The studio has stuffed it up by casting Heigl. Stephanie is so likeable – Heigl just isn’t. Agree with those who said Amanda Peet – she would have been great. Anticipating this movie with dread. I too don’t want to read and re-read Evanovich’s books picturing Heigl. She could have been Joyce Bernhardt.

  42. Sunnyjyl says:

    Heigel can not pull this off. She can never be Stephanie Plum period.

  43. Bigfan says:

    no matter what, when her character talks about playing ‘hide the canolli’ with morelli as a teen, I will laugh.

  44. cindigirl says:

    Looking forward to the movie. IMO Leah Remini (King of Queens) would be ideal as Stephanie. She’s got the look and the attitude.

  45. Darla says:

    Sandra Bullock or Jennifer Garner as Stephanie. They need a hotter actor to play Morelli. An Irish guy playing an Italian cop?! Whomever casted for the movie did not read any of the books.

  46. jessie v says:

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!
    Heigel is like a california girl.
    I don’t get Jersey Girl from her at all.
    Ill just pretend like ther ISN’T a movie =(

  47. Shhhhhhhhh says:

    I don’t know why but I always saw Grant Show as Morelli.
    I don’t like Heeeeeeigle for Plum either. But I’ll give her a chance.

  48. fixxin2 says:

    Heigl is the problem!

    How about Anne Hathaway as Stephanie – much better actress than stuck-up Heigl and could handle both the comedy and drama that the role demands.

    Cloris Leachman or Olympia Dukakis as Grandma. Love Debbie Reynolds but she too sweet, not feisty enough for the part.

    Jason O’Mara may be Irish but he’s a good actor and can probably do Morelli justice.

    Daniel Sunjata may be just a little TOO pretty for Ranger but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  49. LP says:

    According to imdb, the movie will be released in January 2012…

  50. songofsorrow says:

    i have to agree… heigl is just wrong!!!! and i’m really not sure about the other casting as well.. maybe grandma mazur… but not even morelli and ranger… but oh they had to go pick heigl!!! stephanie plum is anything but stupid… she is awesome!! and unfortunately heigl seems to be the brand ambassador of “STUPID”.
    anne hathaway, yea sure why not… and i dunno.. a younger kate hudson… there are so many awesome actors… why heigl!!!!??? she’s gonna take the punch out of everything in the character… damn damn damn!!!! 🙁

  51. Melissa says:

    I agree with EVERYTHING fixxin2G said. Jennifer Garner would have been a really good choice too. I was excited about the movies and it would have been a great TV Series. It’s a good combo of dark/serious and light/funny. I vote for a re-shoot!

  52. Jen says:

    Mary-Louise Parker would’ve been my ideal choice for the Stephanie Plum role. She’s just hilarious in an understated way, much like Stephanie. Have you seen her in “Red” and “Weeds”? She is Stephanie Plum!

    And, Jason O’Mara as Morelli is such a good choice. I just can’t picture him with Katherine Heigl at all. Mary-Louise, yes. Katherine Heigl, no.

  53. Sher says:

    I am a huge fan of the booksand this cast is just WRONG! Heigl was a poor choice. Marisa Tomei or that gal in the series Lost would have made a good Steph in lieu of Sandra Bullock. O’mara is the worst choice. Seriously, he’s like the anti Morelli. If they HAD to cast an Irishman Colin Farrell would have been a better choice, dark hair, dark eyes and he plays tough really well. Sunjata is too bulky to be Ranger. Adam Rodrigues from CSI Miami would have been a better choice. Huge numbers of Janet’s fans are unhappy with the casting of this film & if it tanks that will be the reason.

  54. Irene says:

    I’ve read all these books several times, and neither actor cast for Ranger or Morelli are right to me…I mean come on, Morelli is 100% Italian not Irish (I’m quarter each so picky lol). And Ranger needs to be a tough, well built, mysterious looking guy who looks great in black, don’t feel it with Daniel. Now Debbie Reynolds, I think she can rock grandma, Heigl is all wrong too! Def going to be interesting to say the least!

  55. vickie says:

    Fran Drescher and Sandra Bullock are too old to play Stephanie. Heigel is too tall. Peet would have been a better choice. Personally, I like Rachel McAdams.

  56. Anna says:

    In a perfect world, they would have made this movie 10 years ago, and cast Marissa Tomeii as Stephine, Eric Roberts as Morelli, Ellen Dow (the rappin’ granny) as Grandma Mazur, Shemar Moore (with longer hair, and bulkier) as Ranger, and Mo’nique as Lula!!! That would be my dream cast!! THIS cast, that they actually have?!? Gave me a pit in my stomach!! So disappointed!

  57. Angie says:

    I think they did a fabulous job with the casting and I can’t wait for the movie. I love their Morelli, Ranger, and yes I love their Stephanie Plum. I’m sorry you’re not impressed, but I think it’ll be a hit!

  58. angel says:

    I cant wait to see the movie but i have a feeling it going to ruin the book like with twilight. Anyway Stephanie plum eyes are blue and this actress wont look good with blue contacts i think the people should have chosen a person with brown hair and blue eyes megan fox would be a good one or some actress with blue eyes and the person playing joe just doesnt match up with the joe i conjured up in my mind it is twilight all over again i imaged ranger a little more dark looking as in sexy u know tall dark and sexy like

  59. Judy C. says:

    My girlfriend and I have been casting these books for years. We always saw Sandra Bullock as Stephanie,Lonnie Love as Lula, Girard Butler as Morelli, and a younger Antonio Banderas as Ranger. Blythe Danner as Stephanie’s Mom, and Cloris Leachman as Grandma Mazur. A few years ago, it would have been a good fit. Too bad they took sooooo long to make the movie. I have to agree with the majority about Heigle. Just can’t see it.

  60. Eric Post says:

    This movie won’t due much. Outside of Sherri Shepherd, the casting is bad. Ranger is CUBAN, not African American, and this guy is only half that. I guess the half white, half black thing is in, and let’s conveniently forget Ranger is Latino.

    All these actors are pushing 40. Stephanie is a girl in her early 30s. The men are described as muscular, Ranger more so than Joe. Neither actor cast fits. Reynolds is too sweet. They needed someone like Betty White (too old though to handle the physical part)

    The real problem is the time. A movie needs to come in at two hours approx. Evanovich’s books are only good because of the side stories she puts in. The main part is they mystery, but what makes the books so funny and worth the read is the side stories. This is where Evanovich shines. She makes these little side captures so hysterically funny. A film won’t have time to keep those in. And thus the plot will not be funny.

  61. Peggy says:

    Are there any male actors of the right age who look like a young Tom Selleck? That is the way Morelli should look.

  62. Jackie F. says:

    I always cast the characters in the books I read with actors and actresses. This is how I’ve always seen the Stephanie Plum series in my head…

    Isla Fisher as Stephanie Plum
    Joe Manganiello as Ranger
    Lucas Bryant as Morelli
    Sherri Shepherd as Lula (I actually agree with their casting here)
    Cloris Leachman as Grandma Mazur
    Tovah Feldshuh as Stephanie’s mom
    Robert Deniro as Stephanie’s dad
    Steve Buscemi as Cousin Vinny
    Marisa Tomei as Connie

    Rachel Bilson, Heather Juergensen, and Amanda Peet would also make good Stephanies and Niecy Nash would make a good Lula.

    I look forward to seeing how they have adapted the Plum book to the big screen – Janet Evanovich’s book are laugh out loud hilarious!!!

  63. BookAddict says:

    Began reading the books b/c I heard a movie was coming out. So now I am up to #6 in about 4 weeks, and I love them. However, I am really disappointed in the casting, and it has turned me completely OFF the movie. I am not going to let it ruin the books for me, so will just keep reading and enjoying them in that format. Boo casting!!

  64. Rebecca says:

    I am SO disappointed with the casting for Stephanie. Katherine Heigl? Really?? I could see Amy Mcadams, but in my head it will always be Sandra Bullock. I dont care for their choice for Morelli at all either. They should have cast someone more ruggedly sexy, like Gerard Butler. I dont really care about Sherry Shepherd, I think that was a lukewarm pick, but if she pulls it off good for her. For whoever said that Debbie Reynolds cant pull off the role of Grandma Mazur because they dont think she can pull off “a tiny, very old, trouble making Italian woman who’s obsessed with open coffins at funerals?” I think you are correct. But since Grandma Mazur isn’t Italian but Hungarian, I think Debbie Reynolds will be AWESOME and fits the part well. just say’n 🙂

  65. Steve P says:

    Oh, this is gonna be a train wreck! The casting is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

    I’m already seeing images of “V.I. Warshawski” with Kathleen Turner miscast as Victoria.

    If Stephanie askes about “red shoes”, I’ll walk out of the theatre!

  66. r. j. pryor says:

    I read all the Stephine Plum books, love them. However, with the cast in this movie, will make me run and not watch it. If, the movie was on HBO, then the cast would be the right one.

  67. Firecracker says:

    I have not idea who Daniel Sunjata is for Ranger, but I just googled him and he is hot, hot, hot! Perfect for Ranger.

    Jason O’mara, no. Kaiser is so right, Jon Hamm would be better as Morelli.

    Heigl as Stefanie is just wrong.

  68. jaccar1123 says:

    The casting director really missed the boat on this one. Katherine Heigl? Come on! I agree that Sandra Bullock would’ve been perfect a few years ago. When I think of Ranger I think of The Rock and Joe Morelli would’ve been played by Rob Estes. But then again, that was years back.

  69. Luanne says:

    I’ve been waiting and waiting for the release of the movie. I think SS is the perfect person for Lulu. Please, please, release this movie soon.

  70. Connie says:

    I HATE the casting for this movie!!! Yes, they got Lula right and I’ll give em credit for Connie but seriously who is this guy playing Morelli?? Not even close, where’s the shaggy hair and brown melty eyes? Ugh, and K. Heigl, I am sure!! Not even close to Stephanie, Sandra Bullock would’ve been best except I’m not sure they could make her eyes brown. And to think they’re hoping for a franchise, yuk!

  71. Connie says:

    Sorry, I meant don’t know if they could make Bullocks eyes blue, not brown, duh! However, don’t know if they even went to the trouble of changing Heigl’s eyes to blue. She is so not Jersey it’s unbelievable.

  72. Rachelanne says:

    Bitty Schram would have been perfect…remember her? She was the first assistant to Mr. Monk…had the accent and everything!

  73. Becky L says:

    I always thought Sandra Bullock for Stephanie and Jim Caviezel for Morelli. I could never quite figure out Ranger (Johnny Depp, maybe?) but I picked Shari Shepherd for Lulu. I also liked the grandma from ‘The Nanny’ for Grandma Mazur but I’m not sure she’s still living. As for Heigl, definitely miscast. I have been looking forward to seeing her books as movies and I hope Heigl doesn’t let us down!

  74. Ms.Steel says:

    I am agreeing with many of the comments….Sandra Bullock or Amanda Peet would have been great casting, but perhaps they are too old. This series of books has such a large fan base, that 3 or 4 sequels could be in the future, IF the right casting was done. It’s probably too late, but I would love if they could pull this movie and re-shoot the whole thing with an unknown, but fitting, cast. The books have a big enough fan base, that an unknown cast cast would work, as long as they were the right fit. C’mon, we need true, blue Italian Jersey people for this cast! Stephanie, Lula, Ranger and Joe need to be more appropriately cast! Ok, and Grandma Mazur….I like Debbie Reynolds, but she is too pretty. Prefer someone like Estelle Getty, from Golden Girls, though I know that’s not possible. Just saying…

  75. Kathy Burks says:

    Cameron Diaz as Stephanie!

  76. Michelle says:

    As a HUGE fan of the series i think most of the characters should have been played by unknowns…especially the main ones otherwise theres too much connection to their fame.

    P.s morelli = ITALIAN

    ranger = LATINO

  77. CB says:

    I think after reading all the books we all have a mental image of each character and it’s hard to match each one. Heigl has brown eyes, not blue but if she pulls it off it won’t matter. However, morelli’s eyes and the “shades” of sexy to playful to cop to angry brown are crucial to the role- his eyes look blue to me? But he still looks hot. rangers casting is great. I’m a fan of Heigl- hope she has fun with the role and does it well!

    • Plumfan111 says:

      Casting is wrong, wrong, wrong! As a huge fan of the novels, I was excited to hear of the upcoming movie UNTILL I saw the list of actors…none are true to their characters. Big disappointment!

  78. Ashly says:

    EveryOne is going to have their own perfect cast for the movie.. But honestly from a franchising stand point, most likely 99% of big Stephanie plum novel fans will go see the movie even if they don’t think it was the greatest casting which is a guarantee to have those fans. But having well known actors will lure people in that don’t read the books and probably provoke them to actually read them after having seen the film. I saw the trailer and it’s actually seemingly good, not 100% on key with the book, but honestly.. What movies ever really are?

  79. alice says:

    Heigl doesn’t have the Jersey accent, like the actress who does all of the voices on the audio books ( I drive a lot). Don’t get me wrong she can act and I loved the trailer, just not the voice. The casting for Grandma M could have been closer to Florence Henderson than the glamorous Debbie Reynolds. And I saw Cousin Vinny more as the guy who plays Stephine’s Dad. Scout, Lulu, and Connie were spot on casting. I will see the movie as soon as it comes out. I love the Stephine Plum series.

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  81. Jgal says:

    I believe that some of the casting is wrong. Katherine Heigl is a great actress but she is wrong as Stephanie Plum. I like the idea of making Janet Evanovich’s books into a tv series because I am such a fan of the books.

    But, my ultimate cast:

    Stephanie Plum – Rachel McAdams
    Ranger – Shemar Moore
    Morelli – Gerard Butler
    Lula – Monique
    Grandma Mazur – Betty White
    Cousin Vinnie – Steve Buscemi
    Connie – Marisa Tomei

  82. betsy says:

    i always saw zooey deschanel(sp?) as steph and maybe cloris leachman as grandma mazur (since the lady who played sophia on golden girls passed away) – debbie reynolds was terrible in the part IMO ! if stephanie and grandma mazur had been cast properly, i think the movie would have been a lot better. i still want a 2nd to be made-recast of course! i still love the sp books !

  83. j lynn says:

    The problem with One For The Money movie wasn’t the cast in general or Heigl in particular. The problem was the screenplay that gutted the entree of the story for the sake of the appetizers. Poor, poor writing.

  84. Ali says:

    Just saw the movie. What I feared came true. It was awful!
    First the screen play was terrible.
    The casting was all wrong!
    My girlfriend and I kept saying that is NOT Ranger! That is NOT grandma and even Vinnie was wrong!
    Heigle was certainly all wrong.

    Who was this thing written for? Certainly not for the fans that have read all the books and can’t wait for the next one to come out.

    The “Suits” that put this together certainly did not know the characters and did not know how much the readers would care!

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