Travolta is J.R. Ewing

The movie version of Dallas has finalized the casting of two lead roles, those of oil tycoon J.R. Ewing and his cunning wife, Sue Ellen. Hollywood heavyweight John Travolta will play J.R., and pop star/actress Jennifer Lopez will play Sue Ellen.

Travolta steps into the role made famous by Larry Hagman. J.R. Ewing was a brutal oilman who crushed his opponents without mercy--and many of his opponents were in his own family. Lopez will pick up where Linda Gray left off, as a wife who is as cunning and ruthless as her husband.

Rounding out the cast is Shirley McClaine as the family matriarch Miss Ellie. Luke Wilson is reportedly in talks to portray Bobby Ewing, J.R.'s slightly less evil younger brother.

Dallas ran for 13 years, from 1978 to 1991. The show attracted a whopping 83 million viewers for a cliff-hanger episode in which J.R. was mysteriously shot.

The Dallas movie recently hit a snag when director Robert Luketic left the production, citing the standard "creative differences." His replacement is Gurinder Chadha, the Kenyan-born British director of the hits Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice.

Chadha told the BBC that the movie will be "very true to the original series. I've got to deliver something to them that's contemporary but at the same time doesn't trample on their nostalgic dreams."

Producers of the film raised eyebrows when they indicated they would film the movie not in its namesake city but in Canada. After the city of Dallas put on a full court PR assault to lure them back, the filmmakers announced that production would stay in the US--it will now be shot in Florida.

Dallas is set to gush box-office black gold in 2007.

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I'm just hearing about this movie. I know I've perhaps been out of the loop. Anyway, I'm a hugh Dallas fan - my family has been buying be all the seasons on DVD and I've been enjoying them all over again. When does this movie air?
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I can't believe they are considering casting John Travolta as J.R. Ewing. He just doesn't seem to fit the billing. However, in my opinion, for those of you who are familiar with some of the older "As The World Turns" shows, you might recall Anthony Herrara, who played the horrid, and scheming, manipulative "James Steinbeck". Now, "HE" would make an awesome J.R. Ewing. Come on movie people, can't you cast Him instead??
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This sounds like it will be an awful movie... I won't watch it if they keep up the BAD casting choices. I loved Dallas when it was on & I still love it in reruns! Every casting choice looks bad except that John Travolta, who could probably make it work!
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wasn't Sue Ellen around 50?
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Really! J-Lo? she might have been a perfect Pam; Bobby's wife but definately someone a la Kelly Preston or the like would've been better as Sue-Ellen. No one could be a bigger fan of Shirley McClaine but her spin on Miss Ellie will change the whole character as well. Sometimes ya just gotta wonder what the casting director is thinking.
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Are the producers insane casting Jennifer Lopez as Sue Ellen? The only person I can think of who would be a worse choice is Madonna.

John Travolta's real wife Kelly Preston would be a much better choice.

Is the original JR going to play any part, like Jock Ewing, for example?

Reese Witherspoon would make an excellent Lucy. But, with their casting so far the producers will probably choose someone like Tara Reid.

How about Owen Wilson for the part of Ray Krebbs? He could say lines like "Dude, this oil business is like, I don't know, man. I think it's sort of too whack. Let's just chill and go to Starbucks or something."

Jeez, what are those people smokin' anyhow?
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OH MY GOD!!!
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Excuse me while I go puke my guts out. I guess Sue Ellen will be an illegal alien now that J-Lo is playing her.
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Terrible OR Awesome I'll watch it if it comes here :p
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I agree with the fact that there are casting issues. No problem with a non white Sue Ellen but not JLo. It would be more interesting if a women of a different race played Pamela actually, since the Barnes' are supposed to be very different on the surface. I am kinda interested with what Travolta would do as JR but Luke Wilson as Bobby? I would have rather had no names with a star lead or two. The cast is not really representative of the great cast that preceded them.
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Jennifer Lopez playing Sue Ellen!? First she needs to have a dialect coach to loose the Puerto Rican accent. Then they need to find someone else to play Sue Ellen.
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hey
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no, lp_fan925: terrible casting- just terrible.
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awesome casting- just awesome.
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terrible casting- just terrible.
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