Morelli and Ranger casting for Stephanie Plum movie

Okay, so you already know what I think of Katherine Heigl portraying Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s series. I have to admit to being a bit confused by their casting of Morelli as well.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Jason O’Mara – loved him in Monarch of the Glen and in Life on Mars, but he’s not Italian, or even Italian-looking. I don’t hate this casting quite as much as Heigl, though, and I think he can probably pull it off.

As for their choice of Ranger, he has the right look:


I’ve never heard of Daniel Sunjata before, or seen him act, so the jury’s still out on this one.

What do you think?

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65 Responses to Morelli and Ranger casting for Stephanie Plum movie

  1. Zia says:

    I am not fond of the choice for Morelli at all. As for Ranger eh at least he’s okay. I enjoy him on Rescue Me but I always imagined Ranger to be built more than he is.
    .-= Zia´s last blog ..A to Z Wednesday =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Zia – yes, I did, too. I recently started watching In Plain Sight on DVD, and I think the guy who plays Rafael might have been a good choice. Alas, no one consulted me. :)

    • Ashley says:

      I think that Ranger and Morelli should defianantly not have been them two guys

    • Melissa says:

      I think the casting is all wrong. Morelli should be someone totally bad ass like Mark Walberg. Ranger should be the guy in Criminal Minds, Derrick Morgan. They would be who I would think of when I read these novels. I hope they at least do the book justice if they don’t have just the right cast.

    • tracy says:

      I think Dwayne Johnson “the rock” would have made a great Ranger….smokin hot body!
      As for Morelli I see more of the Keenu Reeves type.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I don’t know anything about the acting chops of the guy playing Ranger, but he has the right look (still have my heart set on The Rock). But Heigl and this dude for Morelli? Bad casting, very bad. It’s not working for me.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010) =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I know that The Rock is a favorite pick for Ranger, but I just don’t see him as Hispanic enough to play Cuban-American Ranger. I’m hopeful that this guy will do a good job – but I’m still shaking my head over the choice of an Irishman to play Italian Stallion Morelli. LOL

    • Sandy K. says:

      I always dreamed of Duane Johnson playing the role, too! :-(

  3. Serena
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit
    says:

    I think the Morelli actor has the ability to do it, but the wrong look. The second actor looks familiar, but I can’t place him…hmm, hold on…let me “google” . . . I haven’t watched Ghosts of Girlfriends past, but it is in the DVR, so I’ll be checking out Daniel Sunjata when I watch it. He’s got a good look.

    I’m with Sandy on The Rock! Not sure who I’d want to play morelli…who would you prefer? As for Heigl, you know what I think!
    .-= Serena´s last blog ..On Folly Beach by Karen White =-.

  4. Julie says:

    Sunjata can be seen in the two current Particia Cornwall made-for-TV movies, At Risk and The Front. He IS a hottie!

  5. Kathleen says:

    I’ve only read one of the Stephanie Plum novels by Evanovich but I agree that Katherine Heigl is not who I would have pictured as a good choice. And they definitely need to get someone who actually looks Italian for Morelli.
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Film School Update: Cimarron =-.

  6. Jo-Jo says:

    I agree that the casting for Morelli and Plum do not fit the characters at all. I guess I will be waiting for the dvd of this one.
    .-= Jo-Jo´s last blog ..Current Giveaways!!! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Jo-Jo – I have a very bad feeling that they’re going to end up turning it into a subpar romantic comedy. Sigh.

  7. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads
    says:

    Nope to Katherine Heigl, and no to this guy playing Morelli as well!
    .-= Marg´s last blog ..The House on Tradd Street by Karen White =-.

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  9. Carolina says:

    Shermar Moore IS Ranger.

  10. I’m nervous about the movie as it is. I am not familiar with either of the actors selected to play Joe and Ranger. I guess we’ll see how it all turns out in the end . . .
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..That Long Overdue Reading Day is Here! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – that’s how I usually feel when they make a movie of one of my favorite books.

  11. Adria says:

    They really need a big name for one of the male roles. Can’t believe they did nobodies on both parts. Idiots

  12. Jason O’Mara does not look like he is one ounce Italian!!!! Why in the world would anyone cast him as Morelli.?????????????????? Sorry Jason…….you are probably a very nice man and excellent actor, but being Italian is a key factor in capturing Morelli. I hope they change their minds. Is it too late to do that?

  13. I have come late to the Stephanie Plum books – only discovered them recently when I was sent one to review and now I love them and am obsessively reading them one after the other. they have had me helpless with laughter and I have to say that as a Brit, I have no knowledge of Heigl at all. She doesn’t look right but presumably she will get a dark wig but my immediate thought was Sandra Bullock! She would be simply perfect for the role. I also thought of Banderas for Ranger but I suppose both these actors would now be considered too old……

    ‘sigh’

  14. alyson hilbert says:

    this guy to play ranger is alright, but i’d love to see the rock..morelli is definately not irish.what about grandma mazur??estelle getty would be perfect is she was still alive..sherri sheppard is perfect.eddie cibrian or mark consuelos(even though hes mexican) would be a good morelli..

  15. Amber says:

    I don’t like who is playing the Morelli… And i think they should get a more buffer person for Ranger… but i hate the idea of them using The Rock…. I think it’s actually cool that they are using people that almost nobody knows…. Because you would just look at them and think “Oh thats the guy who was in Race to Which Mountain..” and thats all you see them as….

  16. Pat T. says:

    Big debate w/family and co-workers. Katherine Heigl not a good pick. Majority con-
    sensus Sandra B. We thought possibly Mark Wahlberg as Joe Moinque as Lulu
    Debbie Masur as Connie and really hope we can still get Cloris Leachman as
    grandma.

  17. Lilly says:

    Hi, I’m new here, but I love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. I really don’t like the guy they have to play Morelli, ick. But if anyone has seen true blood season 3 and seen the guy that plays Alcide, I thinhe should pplay Morelli, and guess what, he looks Italian!! His name is Joe Manganiello.

  18. CarrieR says:

    Both of these guys are not Morelli or Ranger… man why do they ruin good images with guys who don’t fit the bill… especially the dude playing Morelli… who is he and why did they pick someone ugly? Morelli has longer, wavy DARK (BLACK) hair, dark brown eyes.. you know Italian descent… they might has well picked a no gooder from the sepranos before they picked this guy. And Ranger was suppose to be beefy… what happened there! This movie is probably going to be dissappointing… And Heigl… way too cutesy to play Stephanie… even tho Sandra Bullock is older… she can pull off younger… she’s still beautiful and hilarious!

  19. Kathleen says:

    The whole cast is wrong. I am so disappointed and I haven’t even seen the movie yet. None of the casting so far are anything like I have pictured in my mind at all. Not even close! I think it would have been awesome if the readers of these books would have had some say such as in a vote. Did they read the same books we read?
    UGH!! Heigl not even close! She too tall and cutesy. The Guys what are the seeing that I am not?? There has to be someone else to play the part. I would even go w/some unknow actress. I most disppointment in the Ranger…He suppose to be smoking hot..this guy does nothing for me not even a simmer. Morelli is Italian Hello!!!! Not Irish. Read the book!

  20. Loversofme says:

    Alll wrong is all i got to say about this…i’m 14 and i’ve been reading her books(done with the ones that are out) and the casting is wrong
    Morelli : Joe Manganiello
    Stephanie : Sandra Bullock
    Ranger : The Rock ( If they can’t find no one else )
    Lulu : Sherri Shepard
    That’s all I got right now…i think the ppl should take a vote on who plays the parts

  21. LEIGH says:

    I ALWAYS THOUGHT THIS SERIES OF BOOKS WOULD MAKE A GREAT MOVIE BUT NOW I AM DISAPPOINTED. IN MY HEAD, I ALWAYS THOUGHT SANDRA BULLOCK IN THE LEAD AND BENJAMIN BRATT AS RANGER. I THOUGH QUEEN LATIFAH WOULD HAVE PLAYED A GREAT LULA BUT I ALSO LIKE THE CHOICE OF SHERRI SHEPARD. CLORIS LEACHMAN WOULD MAKE A PERFECT GRANDMA. I NEVER COULD COME UP WITH A GOOD MORELLI BUT I DO AGREE HE SHOULD AT LEAST LOOK A LITTLE ITALIAN.

  22. Chealsee says:

    ok so im on the 16th book and i pictured all these characters different but hey maybe this will work you never know… but i do think they should have chosen a different person for morelli but again too bad ill just hope for the best

  23. Maggie says:

    Heigl is so wrong, so bad, so out of character and a crap actress – they need a younger Linda Fiorentino type for Stephanie, a younger Christopher Meloni type for Morelli (who burns with sexual energy and is clearly Italian and got that roughness that the character needs + hot, Joey Pants for the bond office boss (perfect and we haven’t seen him on screen in a while), and Loretta Devine for Lulu. Sherri Shepherd is great but too big and well known in the business for Lulu – let’s get some fresh casting happening! Although Cloris would be a perfect Grandma I must say!

  24. joey says:

    NO WAY! This guy is NOT Morelli, and that guy is NOT Ranger. Enrique Iglesias would be a great Ranger! I think Harry Connick Jr. could pull off the Morelli character very easily!

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  26. trish says:

    I always pictured morelli as the hot cop from dexter. I think he would be perfect to suit katherine heigel. Sandra bollock would have been great ten years ago. She’s too old to pllay a 27 year old stephanie. And the rock isn’t even close for me. Too old. I’m 27 and to me he’s just. Old. I think loni love from chelsea lately is lulu, but sherri shep will be great.

  27. sabrina says:

    I just got in to this series a month ago. I have read through them all except for the 16th book and the new Diesel series. I just cannot picture Katherine Heigl in this role and Morelli isnt even attractive. The guy playing Ranger has the look though. For Morelly I could see someone more like Jensen Ackles or Jason Behr.

  28. Anastacia Beaverhousen says:

    Ok, so I am a huge fan of the Stephanie Plum novels and since I first started reading them, I couldn’t wait for a movie to come out. It’s a great book to work with because it has great, distinctive, likeable, and entertaining characters. HOWEVER, I am extremely disappointed with the casting of the movie. Katherine Heigl as Stephanie? That is literally the worst possible actress to play her. Sandra Bullock is made for this role. I know everyone keeps saying she’s too old but Stephanie was like in her early 30s or late 20s (I can’t remember), Sandra is in her 40s but Hollywood 40s is real life 30s. And even if she is a little old, its still lightyears ahead of Katherine Heigl for the part. And I am thoroughly disgusted with the choice for Morelli (almost as much as the Heigl choice). Nothing against the actor but why is hot-blooded 100% Italian Morelli, described as tall, dark, and unbelievably sexy with a never-ending 5 o’clock shadow being played by a light-haired, light-eyed, light skinned, average looking (certainly not sexy enough) man from DUBLIN? I don’t get how the casting directors could pick someone entirely opposite of what Evanovich portrayed in her books. Daniel Sunjata is not the worst choice of all the casting, he is good looking with a similar complextion as described in the book, however Ranger is also mysterious, dangerous, smolderingly sexy- a man that no woman can resist. Also, he is also described often by his Cuban features. I don’t feel like Sunjata can portray this at all. Also, he is not built enough. Morelli is described as lean but Ranger is supposed to have a rock hard body. However, I can’t think of a perfect fit for him. I need to find a really built, modern day version of Antonio Banderas (hair included) All I know is the Rock is totally NOT a good fit for him. Based on the Ranger description why would a block head man with receeding hairline be a good fit for the make-you-melt Ranger. Also Christopher Meloni? I didn’t realize he was supposed to be good looking or that Morelli needed an over-actor to play him. Sherri Shepherd is not too bad for Lula but I think Niecy Nash is the best pick. While I love Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique might be ok, they are both too tall to be Lula. The book describes Lula as being big in weight and wearing skin tight clothes that don’t fit her, but she’s not a big girl (in height).

    Sandra Bullock as Stephanie Plum
    Mark Ruffalo / Eddie Cibrian / or Joe Manganiello as Morelli
    Cloris Leechman as Gradma Mazur
    Niecy Nash as Lula
    Debi Mazar (done up and with a push up bra) as Connie
    Steve Buschemi as Vinny

  29. Acorn says:

    Huge fan of the books!! Not happy with casting. ESPECIALLY Morelli. He definitely needs to have the Italian flair. That’s IMPORTANT! I do love Sandra Bullock, but too old for this part.

    Stephanie Plum: Alicia Minshew….. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendall_Hart_Slater
    or Alyssa Milano

    Ranger: Marc Consuelos http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0176175/ (hot!)

    Morelli: Bobby Cannavale http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0134072/

    Lula: Loni Love from Chelsea Handler (sherri Shepard is alright too)

    Much better casting!!

  30. Pam says:

    Not at ALL excited about Katherine Heigl playing Stephanie Plum. Don’t like her at all. Although she was one of my favorites on Greys in the beginning, I quit watching because of her and when she left I started watching again. So much better without her. This role was meant for Sandra Bullock. As for Sherri Shepherd as Lula, Queen Latifa would be my pick. Morelli needs to be cast with someone that looks Italian since Morelli is Italian. Shemar Moore as Ranger might be a bit of a stretch but I think he can pull it off. Love him on Criminal Minds. Patrick Fischler as Vinnie seems like a good match. I’m curious to see who is cast as Grandma Mazur. Maybe the little lady that played as Adam Sandler’s grandmother in Happy Gilmore might be good. But like others have said. No one consulted me…= )

    • Shelley says:

      I do like Shemar Moore as Ranger. He has the look and the hotness, as well as the aloofness but still amiable. He’s tough. I think maybe Alyssa more than Sandra Bullock, Sandra’s good but not 26. I also agree with Betty White as Grandma, sorry to say, maybe they were concerned with lonevity? I knid of agree to give Sherri a chance, MoNique might be a little too big, and Q. Latifah might not want the part but if she did, she’d be great.

      All the people thay have are wrong, not Katherine, not Jason, the Ranger guy may be okay, according to how tough he can come off. More Italian looking would definitely have been better for Morelli. Katherine just seems off, makes it too much like a fictitious movie – doesn’t suspend my belief enough. Same with the grandma, I can’t see her being Grandma Mazur.

  31. Heather says:

    Marc Consuelos would have been a kick ass Ranger!!
    I’m hoping Jason does a good job as Morelli. Dye his hair maybe? He’s been in some tough movies so I’m hoping he’ll do a good job but he’s not exactly what I pictured, maybe if I keep flipping through photos of him on imdb I’ll get excited. I’m not happy that they keep pushing back the release date!!

  32. Jennifer says:

    The cating for Ranger may be ok, I am very skeptical on the rest. Loni Love IS LuLu. I keep thinking of Benjamin Bratt (Sp?) for Morelli. Someone mentioned Alyssa Milano as Stephanie – she would be perfect!

  33. Nancy says:

    I don’t like any of them, the casting is all wrong. I get the sinking feeling that they are just not too concerned about staying true to the books, which happens so much and is always a big disappointment to the book’s fans. ….Reason I’m concerned is this cast. Did they even TRY at all to fit the characters as described in the books? Not that I can see. Doesn’t bode well for this movie….
    I can’t decide which is a worse pick, Heigl or O’Mara. Shepard isn’t right for Lula and Sunjata is built and sexy but NOT Cuban or MENACING and seems too pretty.
    That said, the worst suggestion I’ve seen is Duane Johnson of all people! Please, he isn’t Cuban or smoldering, using him would make a JOKE of the Ranger character. All we think of is wrestling silliness when we see him, and always will. Mark Consuelos? You’ve gotta be kidding!!! That’s hysterical! Benjamin Bratt!?! No way…he’d need to put on 50lbs of muscle…he’s a little guy. Sandra Bullock is not right for Plum, too old, too well-known, all I would see is that silly miss congeniality cop. NOT! She just always plays herself, Sandra Bullock, and that isn’t Stephanie. Marisa Tomeii has the range, is very sexy and would be a better fit. Many of these suggestions are unbelievable and surprising to me, wow. I guess that’s why they came up w/this cast, they see the characters a lot differently than I do…..
    All in all, this is incredibly disappointing, not sure I can even see the movie because I won’t be able to stop laughing at the WRONGNESS of these characters…..ack!

  34. R.L.P says:

    I don’t agree with the cast at all!!! I would pick Mo’nique for Lulu not Sherri Shepard. And Betty White as grandma not Debbie Reynolds. I love Katherine Heigl but not to play Stephanie. They def got the whole cast screwed up!!!!

  35. c says:

    Cher is the correct age to play Gramma.

  36. c says:

    Check out the cuban actor Mario Cimarro

  37. c says:

    lso check out cuban actor Mario Cimarro

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