Look, I was not thrilled by the first poster for Katherine Heigl‘s new comedy One for the Money, based on Janet Evanovich‘s mystery series. And while I’m still not convinced that Katherine is the best choice to play Stephanie Plum, I have to admit that I overreacted. Because the first trailer came out over the weekend, and it looks pretty great.
What redeems One for the Money is that it seems to be following the first book to a tee: Stephanie’s evolution from lingerie girl to competent bounty hunter; her history with Joe Morelli and partnership with Ranger; the larger conspiracy that might mean Morelli is innocent; and of course her mouthy, inappropriate family.
And the most important part, Katherine playing a Jersey girl? I’m no expert, but she seems to do it pretty well. The accent is a bit overemphasized and of course they had to give her huge hair, but somehow it all comes together. I never thought I’d say this, but Katherine does toughness well—and that’s the most vital part of Steph’s character.
You know who else looks like she’ll be fantastic in this? Sherri Shepherd as Lula, the hooker-turned-Steph’s-sidekick. Sure, the character is a horrible stereotype, but she also had some of the best lines in the books.
So all in all, I’m pretty psyched to see the movie; it comes out January 27, 2012.