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The Dukes of Hazzard - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

"IT'S like I'm walking around in my underwear!" - so says the leggy blonde beauty that is Jessica Simpson, when talking about her upcoming performance in The Dukes of Hazzard.

Speaking to Empire movie magazine, the breakthrough actress said she loves playing Daisy Duke, the super-sexy cousin to Bo and Luke who frequently has to use her leggy charms to get her relatives out of trouble.

And on the strength of the stills to have been released from the movie so far, she's sure to have red-blooded males foaming at the mouth.

The Dukes of Hazzard is, of course, the big-budget new movie inspired by the classic CBS TV series, which revolved around Bo and Luke Duke, as they consistently fell foul of the law for running moonshine with their Uncle Jesse and, of course, Daisy.

The law in question, however, was every bit as corrupt as the brothers themselves, taking the form of Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane and Boss Hogg.

And each ensuing episode featured plenty of car chases involving the orange Confederate Flag bedecked General Lee and at least one river jump.

Think Convoy meets Smokey & The Bandit for some idea of what to expect and you have every reason to believe the movie should be a barrel of laughs.

Dukes of Hazzard fans, however, are waiting with baited breath to see whether director, Jay Chandrasekhar, gets the mix right.

From sneak peeks so far, the car looks to be perfect, as does the size of Daisy's shorts.

But the casting has left a little to be desired. The film features Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville as the brothers, as well as Simpson, Burt Reynolds and Willie Nelson.

But while Knoxville and Scott sound like a mouth-watering comic partnership, Simpson is the unknown quantity.

For starters, the original Daisy was a brunette, while Simpson is most definitely blonde. Plus, it's Simpson's first movie role, which she got after strong competition from Britney Spears.

The film also comes from The Broken Lizard comedy troupe, whose past work hasn't been that impressive - remember Super Troopers and Club Dread?

Needless to say, the producers are talking the film's prospects up.

Chandrasekhar has promised plenty of outrageous car chases, a la Smokey and the Bandit, while Simpson is determined that her shorts won't be the only thing that's talked about.

As she told Empire when asked about winning the role from Britney: "She has a cute butt and I think she would have been cute in the role - but I'm glad I got it!"

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