The rumor mill is blazing in the movie musical front this week.
According to Variety Jersey Boys’ director Clint Eastwood is eyeing some Broadway veterans for the movie adaptation, specifically performers who have been involved in stage versions of the musical.
Actors John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza are amongst the artists considered by Eastwood, and except for Piazza, the rest have starred in productions of the show: Lloyd Young has played Frankie Valli, Bergen has played Bob Gaudio, and Lomenda has performed as Nick Massi. If negotiations are successful, the actors would reprise their roles in the film and Piazza would join them as Tommy Devito.
Bergen mentioned the news on Twitter and Instagram, although he offered no information as to the veracity of the rumor.
Lomenda has also thanked fans and friends for their multiple messages of support via Twitter, stating: “(…) this is a new adventure 4me & it means so much 2 have amazing peeps in my corner”.
On the other hand, Playbill.com has announced that Rose Byrne (The Pitch, Braidsmaids, Troy) might be in talks to join the remake of musical Annie. The actress would play Grace Farrell, Oliver Warbucks’ secretary.
Grace has been played in the stage version by Sandy Faison, Louise English and more recently by Brynn O’Malley.
Although Byrne has no musical theater backgroung, she has already proven her skills by providing the singing voice of her impish character Jackie Q in the comedy Get him to the Greek. You can see a clip by clicking here, but WARNING: it’s not safe for work!