Jessica Simpson: Gilbert Flores/; Catherine Bach: Everett Collection
EW Staff
June 14, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Will Jessica Simpson succeed in her movie debut?

MOVIE ”The Dukes of Hazzard”

WHEN 2005

PLAYING Daisy Duke, the scantily clad cousin of good ol’ boys Bo and Luke Duke, originally played by Catherine Bach (inset) on the ’70s TV series. (Simpson’s the frontrunner for the role but has yet to receive a formal offer, she says.)

WHAT’S THE STORY? Story? There’ll be fast cars, slapstick comedy, twangy tunes, and short shorts. Who needs a story?

WHY SHE MIGHT ROCK Like Daisy, Jessica’s a sweet Southern gal who looks great in hot pants.

WHY SHE MIGHT HIT A SOUR NOTE Think hubby Nick Lachey is going to let her out of the house dressed like that?

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