5 Actresses that would make a better Stephanie Plum than Katherine Heigl

Yes, you heard right. One for the Money is being made into a feature film from TriStar (Columbia). They made a fabulous choice by making it into a movie. But their first mistake — casting Katherine Heigl as spunky Italian/Hungarian heroine, Stephanie Plum.

Hard core Evanovich fans are saying, “I think NOT!”

Just what was the casting director/agent thinking when they casted whiny-can’t-get-along-with-her-coworkers Katherine Heigl? (Oh that’s right, they weren’t thinking). More importantly, they probably haven’t even read the books.

Evanovich fans have been picturing a movie since the beginning. Not one person ever imagined Heigl to be a good fit. In fact, she is far, far, from it.

Casting is so important in this series, with the reader-count so high that the wrong choice could make an instant movie flop. Who is going to see a movie in which the main hero – our hero – is completely 100% the wrong choice?

Because TriStar (Columbia) is having such obvious issues in their casting decisions. I have decided to compile a list that they should take into consideration.

Step 1: Fire Heigl. (See, it’s even fun to say). Say it with me.. “Fire Heigl. Fire Heigl. Fire Heigl.”

5 Actresses that would make a better Stephanie Plum than Katherine Heigl

Sandra Bullock

I don’t care that she’s in her mid 40s. She’s gorgeous. She has spunk. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s hard core fan’s #1 choice for Stephanie Plum. Sandra Bullock is at her peak after winning a Golden Globe and with Oscar talk for The Blind Side. Take advantage of her  success now, and cast her as Stephanie Plum. No questions. Just do it.

Fans will be happy – and no, no one cares that she’s not 30. I’d rather see her roll around on the floor with Morelli than Katherine Heigl (shudder). Plus, I’d probably pay to see the movie more than once. Just sayin’.

Anne Hathaway

You want a younger brunette, right? One who is cute, funny, and has a sort of innocent, yet spunky quality about her?

The first time I ever saw Hathaway was in The Princess Diaries, of course. She was funny then, and she is funny now. Plus, having dated a felon (right?) – she’s no stranger to bad choices in love. (oh Stephanie.. Stephanie..)


JoAnna Garcia

JoAnna always had me chuckling during Reba as a ditzy blonde teen mother. In privledged, she proved she could be taken seriously, while still maintaining a somewhat comedic role.

She’s young (bonus #1), brunette (bonus #2), adorable (bonus #3), and of course – NOT Katherine Heigl (this seals the deal).

Plus, on top of that – I don’t think Garcia has done many feature films. Has she? This would be a good opportunity for her to step out of the TV circuit and into the big screen.

Zooey Deschanel

She’s pretty much every girl’s #1 girl crush in 2009-2010. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t absolutely adore her. At the same time, she’s not over-kill when it comes to the media and many people still do not know who she is. This would be a great fit for Stephanie Plum, as some movies do better when the actresses haven’t already been type-casted into certain roles.

Plus, becoming Stephanie Plum might just make her a household name. I think TriStar (Columbia) might want to re-think their original choice.

Kate Beckinsale

Okay – sure she is another “older actress” along with Sandra Bullock. But isn’t  Hollywood’s “40″ the real world’s  “30″? Plus being not only incredibly hot – but she’s also very talented. She has proven herself to be capable of action-packed scenes (Hello Underworld).

It shouldn’t be about the age of the actress – but how about the talent, the fit, the like-ability factor? Who doesn’t like Kate Beckinsale?

Listen, Tristar (Columbia) – Your choice for Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum has upset many Evanovich fans – and those are exactly who you should be trying to impress. Choosing someone who is so absolutely opposite of everything Stephanie Plum is not only shows us that you have not only not read the books – but you really don’t care about profit. (And if that’s the case – why the movie?) Heigl as Plum will only ensure one thing – the movie is a flop.

I encourage you to rethink your choices. If not any of the above, that’s fine. Just about anyone would make a better Plum than Katherine. Guaranteed.

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Marrick August 26, 2020 at 7:58 pm

Firstly..lets be clear on a few things. Noone cast Heigl in the traditional manner. The project has only been brought back because of her interest in it and the studio resurrected it on that basis. If Heigl dropped out – the movie would no longer be made. Secondly, clearly you are not a fan of hers – fair enough – you are entitled to your opinion.

However, this doesn’t get along with her co-workers is just not true. She gets on with pretty much everyone she works with very well. She socializes with most of the cast of Grey’s Anatomy away from work – go read the opinions of the people who worked on The Ugly Truth or 27 Dresses…they can’t sing her praises enough.

Thirdly – why have a picture of her blonde? She wont be blonde in the movie – Heigl is in fact as much brown as blonde. Several of her movies have been as a brunette. She is also from the East coast having grown up in Connecticut and spent a lot of time in New York. She used to model for Elite and Wilhelmina in the city. She is quirky, funny and a good actress as well. Furthermore she isn’t some kind of Hollywood rake that is 5 foot tall 100lbs. She is a healthy size and you could actually believe that she could actually take someone down.

Give the movie a chance – it has not even started filming yet. None of the actresses you list bring anythnig to the party that Katherine doesn’t already have

Kim August 29, 2020 at 12:39 am

I’ve only read the first book, but Sandra has proven to be a very versatile actress. She can glam up or down — first choice. As much as I like Kate, I always think of her as more feminine, less tough.

Colleen August 29, 2020 at 1:55 am

My problem with Heigl in this role is that so far I’ve only ever seen her in “cutsey” roles. I always pictured someone with a bit more spunk. A little less polished. Sandra or Zooey would be my choices. Or Zooey’s sister Emily (TV’s Bones).

Andrea M August 29, 2020 at 5:14 pm

I have always thought of Sandra Bullock as the perfect Stephanie Plum. And while I hadn’t thought about it, Anne Hathaway and JoAnna Garcia would be good too (although I’m not too fond of Zooey Dechanel and I think Kate Beckinsale is too “pretty”.) I really like Katherine Heigl, but I just don’t picture her for this part

Kate R August 30, 2020 at 11:40 am

Sandra Bullock from a few years ago, yup. And I’d say Bette Midler (from a few years ago) for Connie. But some of those people are too lovely and glamorous. I don’t think Stef is particularly exotic. She’s cute but no glam beauty. I’d say someone more like Joan Cusack (from a few years ago) but I always thought her looks were underrated. Stupid Hollywood.

Would Reese Witherspoon be too much?

Kate August 31, 2020 at 11:18 pm

Heigl is a horrible choice for Stephanie! Steph is a curvey, blue eyed, brunette with a mix of flakiness, independence and sensuality. No way can Heigl pull it off! I loved the first twelve books and adore the character of Ranger but the last three books have been pretty bad. I don’t think Evanovich actually wrote 15 – it was so inconsistent. Between Hollywood and the author they are ruining a great franchise! Kimberly Williams would make a good Steph and please let the casting folks remember that Ranger is Cuban and cast accordingly!

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