Debbie Reynolds, who hasn’t been on camera since Will & Grace in 2006, has been lured back to the screen by Katherine Heigl in One For The Money, the Lakeshore / Sidney Kimmel Entertainment adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel series. Heigl stars as bounty hunter Stephanie Plum for director Julie Anne Robinson, and Reynolds will play Grandma Mazur, the outspoken and outrageous advisor and maternal grandmother to Heigl’s character. “Grandma Mazur is such a great character,” Heigl said. “She’s really feisty and the one who’s a real mentor to Stephanie Plum. We needed somebody for the part who would speak her mine and even be a little edgy. We approached Debbie Reynolds because she has that ‘Molly Brown’ as a contemporary grandmother. She’s so perfect for the part. Then she read it, loved it and joined immediately.”
Plum starts out as a cash-strapped unemployed lingerie buyer who joins her cousin Vinnie’s bail bond service as a bounty hunter in Trenton, New Jersey. Jason O’Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo and Sherri Shepherd also star and Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Wendy Finerman and Sidney Kimmell are producing while Heigl and her mother Katherine are exec producers. Lionsgate will release the film in 2011.