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Pfeiffer Is Being Groomed For "Hairspray"

Michelle PfeifferAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, lovely leading lady Michelle Pfeiffer is in final negotiations to join the cast of New Line Cinema's "Hairspray," an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical comedy.

The Broadway show was based on John Waters' 1988 comedy featuring Ricki Lake and Divine about star-struck teenagers on a local dance show.

New Line's "Hairspray" will be based on its Tony-winning Broadway adaptation of the film. Did you follow that? New Line is doing a movie based on the live show they based on a movie. Huh.

Pfeiffer is set to play Velma von Tussel (played by Deborah Harry in the Waters film), a former beauty queen who has trouble "moving on" and is now a bitter Baltimore TV station owner and producer of the dance show.

John Travolta is already set to play Edna Turnblad (Divine's character), Queen Latifah will play Motormouth Maybelle, Billy Crystal will be Wilbur Turnblad, and newcomer Nicole Blonsky will fill Ricki Lake's old shoes as Tracy Turnblad.

For those of you wondering, yes, this will be a musical. It has to be, right? Even Pfeiffer will be dusting off her wind pipes to sing for us once again. In fact, the composers (Tony Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman) are writing a new tune just for her, according to Variety.

If you recall, Pfeiffer last sang (on film, anyway) in "The Fabulous Baker Boys." If you really want to hurt your head, you'll also remember that she got her "big break" in the wonderful musical film, "Grease 2." Oh how I loved that film when I was a kid. Seriously. I wouldn't joke about something like that. Maybe it explains why I'm such a big horror movie fan now.

New Line has firmed a September 5 start date for production and has recently pushed back its launch date to December 21, 2007. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on July 17, 2006 9:57 PM
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