Jessica Simpson: Chris Pizzello/AP
Gary Susman
May 21, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

She’s just a sweet Southern gal who just happens to wear really tight, revealing outfits. That’s Daisy Duke of ”The Dukes of Hazzard,” a movie role once rumored to be locked up by Britney Spears. Now, however, the role belongs to Jessica Simpson. Or so says her father/manager Joe, who says his little girl will be making her screen debut in the movie this summer, filling out the short shorts made famous on TV by Catherine Bach. ”She is really excited,” papa told Star magazine. ”Daisy Duke is right down her alley.”

No confirmation yet from Warner Bros., which has been trying to get a big screen version of the ’70s TV show out of the garage for some time. Last summer, word was that Spears would join Ashton Kutcher and hotrod veteran Paul Walker (of ”The Fast and the Furious” franchise) as the Duke family, with Anthony Anderson (”Barbershop”) as the villainous Boss Hogg, but Kutcher denied the rumors in an interview with ”Entertainment Tonight.” More recent rumors had Jessica Biel or Mandy Moore in the running to play Daisy.

If Simpson does play Daisy Duke, the role will fill a hole in her schedule created this week when ABC passed on her sitcom pilot, in which she would have played a pop icon-turned-TV star named Jessica Sampson. Maybe hubby Nick Lachey can get a part in the movie as well, as aw-shucks, Daisy-worshipping cop Enos.

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