Monday, March 20, 2006

"Dallas" movie buzz names more names

Thanks to the site for the tipoff on this one, as they've been following "Dallas" movie news for years: J.Lo and Shirley MacLaine are among the names being bandied about for the new "Dallas" movie, which may begin filming this October.

Robert Luketic is directing the big-screen remake of our beloved primetime soap, under the umbrella of Regency Enterprises/20th Century Fox. The rumor of John Travolta as J.R. Ewing has been swirling around for a while, but now Variety reports that Luketic has offered the role of Sue Ellen Ewing to Jennifer Lopez, whom he directed in last year's "Monster-in-Law." Luke Wilson of "The Family Stone" is in talks for Bobby Ewing, while Marcia Cross, a "Melrose Place" alum whose star has been shining especially brightly (along with her fabbo red hair) on "Desperate Housewives," would play Bobby's wife Pam. And Shirley MacLaine? No, not the off-kilter minor character Jessica Montfort, which would have been the BRBTV choice! No, MacLaine's up for the role of ... Miss Ellie. Yikes. No further comment.

The film's script has been drafted by Robert Harling ("The First Wives Club" and "Soapdish") and Sacha Gervasi (2004's "The Terminal"). Read Variety's whole story at

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