It’s official: Jessica Simpson will fill out Catherine Bach’s short-shorts. According to Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, in what is probably the least surprising piece of movie casting news this year, Simpson will make her feature acting debut as Daisy Duke in Warner Bros.’ upcoming big-screen adaptation of The Dukes of Hazzard. Simpson had been campaigning for months for the role, ultimately beating such reported rivals as Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, and Jessica Biel. Simpson’s previous film experience consists of playing a cameo as herself in The Master of Disguise, but playing a sweet Southern gal who likes to wear tight, skimpy outfits probably won’t be too much of a stretch.
Simpson joins a cast that includes Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as Daisy’s lead-footed cousins Luke and Bo Duke. The studio is reportedly considering Burt Reynolds for the role of the villainous Boss Hogg. Don’t expect a straightforward take on the 1979-85 CBS comedy; the studio commissioned a screenplay from the sketch comedy troupe Broken Lizard (Super Troopers, Club Dread). Despite a rewrite by John O’Brien, who helped adapt the studio’s tongue-in-cheek version of Starsky & Hutch, Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar is still directing.