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Big names 'join Hazzard remake'
Burt Reynolds
Reynolds was one of the biggest screen idols of the 1970s and 80s
Burt Reynolds and Willie Nelson are to join the cast of a film remake of 1980s TV hit The Dukes of Hazzard, Hollywood trade paper Variety has reported.

Veteran star Reynolds has been lined up to play the corrupt villain, Hazzard County Commissioner Boss Hogg.

Musician-turned actor Nelson is set for the role of the Duke family patriarch, Uncle Jesse, Variety said.

Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson have already signed up for the film, due out in 2005.

The Dukes of Hazzard, which ran from 1979-85, was about two Duke brothers, their cousin Daisy and car General Lee, and their battles with Boss Hogg.

Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson has combined acting with his country music career
Scott, star of American Pie, and Jackass frontman Knoxville will play the brothers Bo and Luke Duke.

Simpson, a pop singer, will take the role of Daisy, who was known for her extremely tight and skimpy shorts.

Reynolds was one of the most popular actors at the time the show was originally on TV after starring in films like Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run.

Nelson is best known as a country musician but has also had major roles in films like Wag the Dog, Barbarosa, Thief and Red-Headed Stranger.

The remake will be set in the present day, Variety reported - but the brothers will still have an orange 1969 Dodge Charger car.


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