Clint Eastwood really wants to make a musical. When plans to make a new version of A Star Is Born were put on the back burner, he moved onto a film version of the Broadway hit, Jersey Boys. Now he’s eyeing a cast, with Variety reporting that he’s mainly looking at actors who may not be well known, but have a strong musical theatre background.
Frontrunners at the moment are John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Boardwalk Empire star Vincent Piazza for the musical biopic of Frankie Valli and his group The Four Seasons. No offers have gone out yet, but Young would play Valli, Bergen would be Bob Gaudio, Piazza is being eyed for Tommy Devito, while Lomenda would play Nick Massi.
All the actors except Piazza have appeared in the stage version of Jersey Boys, so they should certainly know what they’re doing.
Warner Bros has apparently okayed the actors, so offers will be going out soon.