Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Book Mark: The Abstinence Teacher, Stephanie Plum Hitting the Big Screen

Not sure how I feel about this news:

The Abstinence Teacher
Sandra Bullock is reportedly joining Steve Carell and the producers of Little Miss Sunshine - Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, and Polly Johnson - for a new flick called The Abstinence Teacher, based off the 2007 book of the same name by Tom Perrotta.

Bullock will star as a liberal sex education teacher who clashes with her conservative middle America town, and ends up falling for her daughter's born-again Christian soccer coach, played by Carrell!

Steve Carrell is far, far away from how I envision Tom Mason. Too much 'aww shucks'-ness that doesn't gel with the character. But then again, maybe Carrell will turn out to be ideal in the role.

One for the Money
It's been a very long wait for Janet Evanovich fans. But finally the Stephanie Plum movie appears to be a go. Reese Witherspoon was attached to the project for three years, but that deal never came together. Now Katherine Heigl has stepped in as the bounty hunter with an attitude in One For the Money.

Janet Evanovich announced this on her website, but has not made any comment about the casting. Perhaps she, like me, is too shocked for words. Witherspoon was all wrong, but Heigl steps that up ten notches on the wrongness scale. This is a rather large misfire, and the rest of the casting only looks marginally better. Daniel Sunjata as Ranger? Mmm, maybe. Jason O'Mara as Morelli? Mmm, an Irish man playing an Italian, mmm, not so much. Sherri Shepard as Lula? Mmm, okay, that can work as she has the comedic chops.

Maybe I am just tied to this series too much. I discovered the books during a very emotional time, and have a lot invested in the characters. Do not want this to go the way of the V.I. Warshawski attempt back in 1991. Yeah, anyone remember that unfortunate accident?

What are your thoughts on this casting news?

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