Amy Ryan
April 11, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EDT

I’m worried that the forthcoming Anna Nicole Smith biopic, whose backers announced today the casting of Dancing With the Stars alumna and noted hockey expert Willa Ford (pictured) in the title role, might never see the inside of a multiplex. Producer Jack Nasser has said that the project might become a TV movie instead of a theatrical feature, and given the TV movie/straight-to-video oeuvre of director Keoni Waxman, that wouldn’t be out of line. Which would be a tragedy for Ford, who deserves her shot at joining Helen Mirren and Reese Witherspoon in the pantheon of Oscar-winning biopic actresses.

The solution, of course, is to surround her with a sterling supporting cast. Here’s where you come in, PopWatchers, with your casting suggestions. I’ll start you off: As newly-confirmed babydaddy Larry Birkhead, why not real-life Ford ex Nick Carter? Hurry and help cast this movie, PopWatchers; it starts shooting next week.

addCredit(“Willa Ford: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images”)

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