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Jessica Simpson Cast as Daisy Duke

Pop starlet Jessica Simpson (search) has been cast as Daisy Duke (search) in the big-screen version of "The Dukes of Hazzard," and her husband is pretty excited about it.

"I was a big fan of Daisy Duke. As a kid I never missed an episode of "The Dukes of Hazzard," Nick Lachey (search) told AP Radio. "We watched it every Friday night. It's going to be cool to live it all over again as she goes to do this movie."

Lachey said Simpson really wanted the role and lobbied hard for the job. He's been doing some acting on the episodes of "Charmed" (search) on the WB, and the couple is also filming another ABC Christmas variety show.

"It's an exiting time in our house to be a thespian," he said. "Between the two of us we're doing some acting stuff now, between 'Charmed' and 'Dukes of Hazzard.' I did something for 'Bewitched.'"

Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville (search) were cast as Bo and Luke Duke. The show first aired from 1979 to 1985 on CBS, ranking No. 1 for its time slot during six seasons.

While critics weren't thrilled with the show, fans loved to watch Bo and Luke outrun Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane and his deputies by jumping their orange 1969 Dodge Charger the General Lee across creeks and off dirt ramps. They were the good guys, outwitting the corrupt Boss Hogg.

A start date for filming has not been set.