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Dallas film role for Zeta Jones?
Other names in the frame include Brad Pitt as Bobby, Melanie Griffith as Sue Ellen and Burt Reynolds as JR
Dallas film role for Zeta Jones?
5.54PM, Wed Mar 30 2005

Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta Jones is being lined up to star as Pamela Ewing in the film version of Dallas, according to reports.

She will follow in the footsteps of Victoria Principal, who starred in the original eighties TV series.

Other names in the frame include Brad Pitt as Bobby, Melanie Griffith as Sue Ellen and Burt Reynolds as JR.

Screenwriter Robert Harling said in an interview that he has been working for 18 months on the Dallas script which takes the original characters from the pilot of the 1978-1991 series.

"It's reinventing the Ewing family as if they existed now in 2006 when the movie comes out," Harling said, explaining that he did not follow the plots developed over more than a decade in the series, though fans will recognise some things.

"In this story Bobby and Pam meet, fall in love and get married, JR and Sue Ellen are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and we have the patriarch Jock and the matriarch Miss Ellie."

He said the plot and characters were informed by such dramas as the collapse of oil giant Enron as well as by modern day celebrities such as heiress Paris Hilton.

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