Last week we jumped into the Dallas movie casting fracas with a report from a scooper which claimed James Brolin and Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly were set to join the cast of the newly revitalized, Betty Thomas directed project (read it here). Well our scooper is back, and he’s bringing a ten-gallon hat stuffed with incredible Dallas movie exclusives.
Bear in mind though, that our source is so far still unproven. We haven’t been able to confirm or deny any of his past rumors, and I expect it’ll be awhile before we know for certain if his new scoops pan out as well. That said, he mentions a few things in his email to me which make me think he’s credible, credible enough to make what he has to say worth reading if you’re at all interested in who shot J.R.
After first re-iterating that James Brolin, Diane Ladd, Minka Kelly, and Julie Benz are now either signed to deals or close to finalizing them, our scooper starts busting new casting revelations. He says, “Kevin Conway will be signing on to play Digger Barns and Katie Cassidy will be playing Lucy Ewing. Paul Logan has been offered the role of Ray Krebbs as well.” Meanwhile, he thinks the film could end up having a Lost connection and adds “Matthew Fox is being considered as Bobby Ewing and Rob Lowe is being considered as Cliff Barnes.”
The big names on that list are of course Rob Lowe as Cliff Barnes and Matthew Fox as Bobby Ewing. Bobby Ewing was originally played by TGIFer Patrick Duffy. Matthew Fox actually makes a lot of sense for a part like that. He looks a little like Patrick Ewing, and he brings a modicum of starpower to the project without being big enough to have the ego some of the film’s past failed casting considerations have brought to the table. He also probably has room for it in his schedule, with only whatever’s left to film on Lost and a little more to go on the Wachowski adaptation of Speed Racer. Rob Lowe’s schedule is similarly wide open. He was last seen on the television show Brothers & Sisters and hasn’t really had a major movie role since Austin Powers in Goldmember. Why not Rob Lowe?
Meanwhile, Katie Cassidy as Lucy Ewing actually isn’t a new idea. She was one of the castmembers announced in a previous iteration of the film, so it seems that she along with John Travolta may end up being one of the holdovers from past productions.
For me though, the big question mark is figuring out how to turn a rather cheesy, prime-time soap opera into a legitimate, blockbuster event film. Our scooper offers the following plot synopsis for Dallas: “The film will deal generally with the introduction of Pamela Barnes into the ewing family. The script is based mainly on the episode "Diggers Daughter" with also some elements of the "Election" and "Spy in the House" episode. Apparently the characters included will be JR Ewing, Bobby Ewing, Pamela Ewing, Sue Ellen Ewing. Lucy Ewing, Miss Ellie, Jock Ewing, Cliff Barnes, Digger Barnes and other minor characters.” If you’re old enough to have been a Dallas fan, that probably means a lot more to you than me. But it sounds like they’ll be rehashing parts of the show, rather than coming up with some new Dallas adventure for the movie.
The weirdest thing in all of this is that our source claims there’s a second Dallas project being worked on in parallel. He says “ Dallas writers Davd Jacobs and David Paulsen are also writing a reunion film if they can get Victoria Principal to appear in it.” It’s likely safe to assume we’re talking about some sort of television special, timed to coincide with the release of the feature film.