But maybe there are some more intriguing choices among the obvious hypothetical front-runners:
• Jennifer López: Jenny From the Block comes from the same part of New York as Sotomayor, and she's already played a real-life, high-profile figure in ``Selena,'' the film the made her a star. This take on Sotomayor's life would likely feature La López in plenty of wardrobe changes, aside from the obligatory black robe, and gratuitous cutaways to her flawless hair and makeup.
• Rosie Pérez: Close your eyes and imagine how she would say the following sentence in her distinctively heavy Brooklyn accent: ``Thank you, Mr. President, for the most humbling honor of my life.'' The intentions would be honorable, but unintentional hilarity factor could be high.
• Penny Marshall: A Bronx native and lifelong Yankees fan like Sotomayor, she's already made a baseball movie with the 1992 hit ``A League of Their Own.'' Here, Marshall could streamline the process by directing herself.
• Madonna: She's shown she can play a prominent Latina leader by taking on Eva Peron in ``Evita.'' Plus she can draw on her intimate relationship with Alex Rodríguez to inform the way she plays the Yankee-fan side of Sotomayor's personality. And perhaps she'd add a song or two.
• Roselyn Sánchez: If you wanted to sex it up—perhaps for the TV movie version—you could cast the gorgeous Puerto Rican pageant queen and star of TV's ``Without a Trace.'' There's no reason that dreary old judge's robe couldn't show a little more leg and a lot more cleavage.
• Judge Judy: She clearly knows her way around the bench and she's not exactly shy on camera. As an added bonus, she can keep budget costs by providing her own wardrobe.
• Alyssa Milano: This version would focus on how Sotomayor might juggle the constantly evolving demands of managing a fantasy baseball team in between making important judicial decisions. For serious stat geeks only, it would probably air on the MLB Network.