Thursday, November 11, 2010

Attention Casting Directors...get with the program!

It's no secret that I adore Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman. If you've been living under a rock for the past few years and have no idea who The Pioneer Woman is,let me clue you in...

Ree started a little blog one morning in holey yoga pants and now has tens of thousands of people who read it daily. She also has a cookbook, has been on several morning shows and is an all around awesome person. On her blog, she features funny stories from her daily life as the wife of a cattle rancher and mother to their four children, recipes complete with step by step photos and color commentary, and lots of other interesting and fun things. She also posted a series about how she met, fell in love with and married her husband. Her readers know him as Marlboro Man. People loved the story so much that Ree was approached about turning her series of blog posts into a book...and a movie.

Since plans for the movie were announced, Reese Whitherspoon has been attached to the project.

I can not state more emphatically how much this baffles me.

Ree is a tall,
red head.

None of those words can be used to describe Reese.

Don't get me wrong. I don't dislike Reese. I enjoy her movies. But...let me say this as clearly as possible...Reese is no Ree.

I have no idea what the casting folks and producers were thinking except that Reese is a pretty solid box office draw. That's all well and good, but, what about the character she's supposed to play? What about the person, the dearly loved and admired person she will be attempting to portray? I don't think I speak only for myself when I say, we don't want no caricature of Ree. We want someone that will so embody this stranger we feel like we grew up with, that we will feel like we are actually watching her life on screen. We want someone with equal parts silliness and depth of spirit. Someone who can be equally comfortable burping and flambé-ing. Someone who can bring to life all of the many and varied attributes that make up Ree Drummond without it seeming two-dimensional or sterotypical.

Watch any of Reese's movies. You won't see that.

She's entertaining. Adorable. At times, funny. But, again, she is no Ree Drummond.

So, dear, sweet, clearly delusional and misinformed casting directors and producers, I humbly ask you to snap out of it and cast someone who will actually do Ree justice.

I'm casting my vote for Amy Adams...for what it's worth.

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