More casting news for Stephanie Plum movie

So, you already know how I feel about the casting of Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum in the upcoming film, One for the Money. I’m also not thrilled with Jason O’Mara as Morelli – although I like the actor, I just don’t think he looks Italian. I’m withholding judgment on Daniel Sunjata as Ranger; he has the right look, but I don’t know his work. (Pics of O’Mara and Sunjata in this post.)

Yesterday, Variety had the news that The View‘s Sherri Shepherd has been cast in dual roles for the film. Both characters are described as “prostitutes with hearts of gold.”

While I’m a bit confused about the “dual roles” part, I can only assume that one of the roles must be Lula.

According to the movie’s IMDB page, they have also cast Patrick Fischler as Vincent Plum (though it is listed as “Vinnie”) and Cristina Aloe as Connie.


I recognize Patrick Fischler; I think he’ll be a good Vincent. I haven’t seen Cristina Aloe before, but she’s got the right look for Connie.

What do you think of the latest casting news?

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54 Responses to More casting news for Stephanie Plum movie

  1. Kelly says:

    Looking at the pictures of Heigl as Plum – I am sold. She looks great!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kelly – I’m not quite as disgusted with the idea of Heigl as I was at the beginning. I think she does look the part now – but can she do the Jersey accent and attitude? I’ll withhold judgment till I see it.

      • Kelly says:

        I think she can – she is an awesome actress her work on Grey’s Anatomy was nothing short of brilliant.

        • Kelly says:

          Just to add though, I agree with you…I just think people have to see the movie and then decide if they like the adaptation or not. But I also find it ridiculous that people say things like this person isn’t from the East coast, or this actor doesn’t look right…and so on. It is ACTING and a big part of the process is costume, character creation and so on.

    • Karen Bingham says:

      I can not picture Heigl as Stephanie. Give her a wig or whatever and she still can’t act! Christina Applegate was my first choice for Stephanie.

    • stania wills says:

      lonnie love for lula!!!!

    • vicki says:

      I would’ve preferred Angie Harmon as Steph. I heard Dan Lauria is cast as her father – good choice. I think Reynolds will be able to do Grandma justice. I don’t know anything about Aloe – but I’ve read on a couple of sites that Ana Reeder was cast as Connie. Recognize Sunjata from Grey’s Anatomy but he’s not someone I’d picture as Ranger. Maybe Shemar Moore instead . . .?

    • Thomas Barker says:

      I’d like to be in it! An extra or whatever they have open!

  2. bermudaonion says:

    Sherri Shepherd’s not big enough to be Lula!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – yes, now that Sherri lost all that weight, she’s not quite what I imagine when I think of Lula. :)

  3. Dawn says:

    I agree about the photos of Heigl as Plum. I almost didn’t recognize her on them. Jason O’Mara also looks very much the part of Morelli from the photos.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Dawn – I like O’Mara; he’s a good actor – I’m sure he can pull it off.

  4. I can kind of see sheri shepard as lola…I’m not so sure about the other casting decisions in this movie though.
    .-= Colette (A Buckeye Girl Reads)´s last blog ..Review- Tidal Wave by Vivian Arend =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Colette – I’m trying not to be too pre-judgmental – I still want to see the movie and see what I think.

  5. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I’ll tell you, casting for this movie is as much of a hot topic for me as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I absolutely do not agree with the previous casting decisions, but these more minor characters seem to feel right.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Sunday Salon- Week two of Indiana fun =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – yes – and I didn’t care as much about the casting of the minor characters. I have to admit, though, that the picture of Heigl up on Janet Evanovich’s site gives me a bit of hope – she is at least looking the part.

  6. Serena
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit
    says:

    I wonder what the dual roles is about! You know hollywood always has something up their sleeves though.
    .-= Serena´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday 90 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Serena – the only thing I can think of is that she’s playing both Lula and Lula’s friend – the other prostitute – but I can’t remember her name.

  7. MeganB says:

    ok so i don’t think Katherine Heigl will be all that bad as Stephanie… but i still had my heart set on Sandra Bullock as Stephanie, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Morelli, The Rock as Ranger, and Monique as Lula…oh well, hopefully it will turn out good!!!

    • Cheryl says:

      I’m totally agree with you on Bullock, Morgan, and The Rock but I was thinking of Queen Latifah for Lula.

    • vicki says:

      Yes, I’d thought of Johnson as Ranger, except he’s a little too buff (and older, maybe). And I’d forgotten Shepherd had lost all that weight – she might not do Lula justice physically, but I think she can pull off the sass! I hadn’t considered Morgan, but you might be right. And Sandra’s too old.

  8. Barbi says:

    I’m highly disappointed with Heigl as Stephanie. I’m TRYING to withhold judgement until I see the movie. However, Heigl is a one dimensional actress to me. The same voice inflictions, the same facial expressions. I do not miss her on Grey’s Anatomy at all. Her best movie was Knocked Up, only because everyone else around her was funny, because she is not. Ginnifer Godwin would have been a better choice, as she has a large range from comedy to dramatic.

    I hope they do not cast Betty White as Grandma Mazur. I love Betty, however, I envision Grandma with an Eastern accent which I’m not sure Betty can pull off.

    Just my 1/2 cent.

  9. rhi says:

    the rock is not right to be ranger he is to big

  10. Donna says:

    Cristina will be GREAT as Connie. She was a few years ahead of me in high school. WAY TO GO Cristina!! Can’t wait to see the movie, I love all the books!

    • Rosetta says:

      Cristina who? Bitty Schramm would definitely be a much better Connie. And who is the guy playing Vinnie? Steve Buscemi should have been slimy, weasely Vinnie.

  11. wendy says:

    Saw Jon Hamm in the parade this sunday, think he looks perfect for Morelli, wish they would take some fan input on the casting. Maybe Janet has some input.

  12. Cristina says:

    I always pictured Heather Paige Kent as Stephanie. She played a “Jersey Girl” on tv several years ago, and I always thought she was perfect. Like The Rock as Ranger!

  13. Kathy says:

    I am not sure of Katherine Heigl as Stephanie. I like her but I think Sandra Bullock would be a better match. Jason O’Mara as sexy Morelli — NO WAY!! Jason has no carissma; Morelli needs attitude, good looks, and to be sexy! Daniel Sunjata looks like he could pull Ranger off. I would love to see Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) in this role but he is too tall and part of his appeal is his baldness; I don’t know if he could as sexy with longer hair like Ranger. Ranger has to ooze SEX APPEAL! The wrong actor will ruin the movie for me. Sherri Shepard will be a great Lula! But I agree that she needs to be bigger to really play Lula.

  14. Trisha says:

    I love the Stephanie Plum series!!! I was excited to hear that they were making a movie of it. But I hate to say… I was not thrilled at their pick for Stehanie. I think Sandra Bullock is a much better choice for “Stephanie” and Duwane Johnson for “Ranger”. But, I am excited a waiting for the movie to come out.

  15. Beverly says:

    The ladies in my family and I love the Stephanie Plum books. A cousin and I reviewed the cast today and were totally devastated. She may be older than Stephanie, but like so many others on the internet….Sandra Bullock has always been my first choice for Stephanie. I love Jason O’Mara and think there’s a slight chance he can pull off Morelli, but I’m not sure. I also thought Sherrie Shepard would be good as Lula, but she need to gain some weight back to be real. I don’t think I’ll be able to watch this movie until the end of this book series.

  16. VG says:

    My opinion…best to play Morelli is Joe Manganiello…he’s 6’5″ and half Italian….plus super hot! What do you guys think?

    • Heliand says:

      Just checked his pics. Don’t know where he’s from, but he at least looks the part … and can pull of the abs.

  17. Heliand says:

    OMara is NOT Morelli. Period. Heigl — Have you seen her early work? Love Comes Softly and Love’s Enduring Promise? She is the WORST actress to hit the screen. She smirks and delivers lines like a ten-year-old on a school stage. RUINS the series — RUINS it. Sunjata and Fischler may be good, and I can live with Shepherd, but the leads — Omara and Heigl have me close to heaving. Totally ruined — TOTALLY. Why not get Fran Drescher and just finish burying the project altogether?

  18. Colleen says:

    Really had my heart set for Sandra Bullock as Stephanie and Keanu Reeves as Joe Morelli. Derek Moore from Criminal Minds as Ranger. Never thought about Debbie Reynolds but think she will be great!!

    • nb says:

      I agree about Shermar Moore as Ranger. Morelli should be played by the FBI guy on Bones. Angie Harmon should be Stephanie Plum. Bitty Schramm as Connie and Sherri Shepherd is a great choice for Lula.

  19. Connie says:

    Stephanie Plum has to be played by Sandra Bullock. There is no one else who could play the part of Stephanie any better than her. Heigl??? What are these people thinking?

  20. Emily B says:

    Heigl, is a really bad choice as Stephanie. If you have read the books, she does not look anything like Stephanie. TOO old, TOO big, not the right face.

    Try, Jessica Alba, Kiera Knightly, Rachael Mc Adams (my #1 pic).

    Sherri Sheppard is PERFECT as Lula

    Try Cher ar Connie, she is an Italian with dark hair and doesnt’ take any crap (Perfect fit).

    Vinnie should be a short, balding, fat, swarmy guy.

    Try Phyllis Somerville (Showtimes’s The Big C), for gramma, Perfect!

    Katherine Heigle is not well liked anymore and definately will ruin this movie for all long time Stephanie Plum fans!

  21. Emily B says:

    I agree with the Joe Manganiello pick as Morreli. Dwanye (the Rock) should play Tank!
    This could be the Blockbuster of the year and the casting sgents are goning to screw it up and nobody will want to watch it!

  22. Jamey says:

    Sometimes books should never be made in to movies. Years ago I would have chosen Lori Petty for Stephanie, yep – the Rock for Ranger, and Queen Latifa for Lulu. Ken Wahl for Joe. I’ll not see the film(s).

  23. Barbara Mims says:

    I guess I have been asleep, had no idea they where making a movie on my favorite characters. Been reading them for years. I have been waiting a long time for a movie or series and from the looks of the casting I will still be waiting. For someone that has read these books from the beginning the I feel as if who ever did the casting has not really read them. The casting for Lulu is the only one I like. Probably want get the hamster nor the dog right either.

  24. Pam aka 'looseroots' says:

    I having trouble picturing Heigl as Stephanie. That’s like casting Nancy Reagan as Grandma Mazur. I guess I’ll have to see it to believe she can do it. Stephanie is a truly complex woman and much of her complexity is subtle!

  25. jalyn says:

    My final judgement will come after the movie but I am dissapointed that Loni Love isn’t going to be my Lula! She is the only person I could think of to play the role. Way before they news of the movie actually happening i’d already cast her in my mind. But then i pondered who else beside her could do the role and I thought of Sherri. lol so although its not my first pick at least it was my second. Ranger looks as Stephanie would put it, yummy. And Morelli? I’m not sure, maybe… we’ll have to see. I was actually quite concerned! lol either way this movie will be awesome!

  26. Babyfeet says:

    Ann Morgan Guilbert (Grandma Yetta on “the Nanny) would make a geat Grandma Mazur. With her wild garbs and makeup, and she’s alwasy looking for a boyfriend.

  27. Kathleen Moore says:

    I think Kelly Monaco would be a much better choice than Katherine Heigl. She has the dark, Italian look and is currently playing private investigator Sam McCall on General Hospital. Much more believable. I think Joe Manganiello for Morelli would be a perfect choice and Dwayne Johnson as Ranger works for me.

  28. Barbara says:

    Morelli has been totally miscast…Alex O’Louglin should have that part.

  29. Deb Brewer says:

    Heigl is an excellent choice, would have prefered The Rock for Ranger.

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