'Hazzard' Sequel Fills Cast
You haven't heard of them, but they're the new Dukes
According to Variety, shooting has now begun on "Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning," a prequel to last summer's Warner Bros. release. The project is directed by Bob Berlinger, whose credits include "Arrested Development" and "Gilmore Girls," as well as an episode of "Third Rock From the Sun" that earned him a Directors Guild nomination.
The first "Hazzard" film, shot for a reported $50 million, made an acceptable $80 million domestic. However, rather than pushing the original cast members back into the General Lee, WB has taken the low-budget direct-to-video route, shooting the prequel for $5 million.
That means, of course, that Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville are out as Bo and Luke Duke, replaced by Jonathan Bennett ("Cheaper by the Dozen 2") and Randy Wayne ("Sons & Daughters"). Jessica Simpson won't return as Daisy Duke, with "Deal or No Deal" suitcase model April Scott stepping in to her short-shorts (or a newer, cleaner pair). Burt Reynolds is out as Boss Hogg, replaced by Chris McDonald ("North Shore"). Also new to the cast is Sherilyn Fenn as Lulu Hogg.
The plot involves the Duke boys foiling some plan involving Boss Hogg and protecting Uncle Jesse's farm. Imagine that.
The plan is to have the spinoff in stores some time next year.