According to People magazine, Rimes is very excited about the role, but also aware of the sudden fascination with women from Alaska:
Rimes will play Meg Galloway, a feisty bush pilot who knows how to handle a gun, living in tiny Lunacy, Alaska – though comparisons to Sarah Palin should not be drawn.
“Funny timing, I know,” Rimes said with a smile. “But the similarities end there. Meg Galloway is a very young and single woman.”
She’s also a bush pilot, a hell of a shot with a rifle, and takes no crap from anyone. Interesting casting choice since I always envisioned Meg as similar to the character she most reminded me of: Maggie O’Connell from Northern Exposure.
I’ve never seen Rimes acting, though, damn, can the woman sing, so I’ll set the DVR to record it when it’s on. But I admit: I have my reservations. Her IMDB filmography seems to indicate she’s appeared as a performer on a variety of programs, and she’s done a “one of” appearance on Days of Our Lives. But I don’t see a lot of full-on movie acting roles. I hope she pulls it off – this is one of my favorite Roberts’ books. Even if the paperback is in the inconvenient venti size.