Jessica Simpson‘s film Blonde Ambition, costarring Luke Wilson, will be hitting theaters after all – with a limited run in Simpson’s home state of Texas, the movie’s studio confirms to PEOPLE.
“The film is being released theatrically on Dec. 21,” says Elizabeth Wolfe, a spokeswoman for both Nu Image/Millennium Films, the film’s production company, and First Look Distribution, which will distribute the romantic comedy. Aside from Simpson and Wilson, the cast also includes Andy Dick, Rachael Leigh Cook and Penelope Ann Miller.
News of the film’s theatrical release comes following reports that the film was getting the direct-to-DVD treatment in late January, skipping theaters altogether.
Says Wolfe: “It is being released in this crowded marketplace in eight theaters in Texas. The reason we chose Texas is the two stars are from Texas: Jessica Simpson and Luke Wilson. As an independent studio, we, as a rule, don’t have major wide releases. It’s a very common release practice for independent studios.”
Wolfe adds that the studio isn’t ruling out a wider rollout. “Once it opens, we’ll assess how well it did.”
As for Simpson’s performance, Wolfe says, “It is a very cute film that Jessica fans will love and be thrilled with. We’ve done a second film with Jessica, Major Movie Star [slated for 2008 release], and we have all the confidence in her.”