Breaking News: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza to Star in JERSEY BOYS Film?
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Although no offers have been instigated or confirmed, sources tell Variety that Warner Bros. has approved the four actors as its top choices. If cast, Young would play Frankie Valli, Bergen would play Bob Gaudio, Piazza would play Tommy DeVito and Lomenda would play Nick Massi.
John Lloyd Young is currently starring in JERSEY BOYS on Broadway and has also appeared in off-Broadway productions of The Summer of the Swans and Sarah, Plain and Tall. He also has won Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards for his creation of the role on stage. Erich Bergen has appeared in the US Tour of ANYTHING GOES, as well as the US touring and Las Vegas productions of JERSEY BOYS. He has also appeared on Broadway in An American Daughter. Michael Lomenda appeared in the 1st National Tour of JERSEY BOYS, and outside Boardwalk Empire, Vincent Piazza's other TV credits include Rescue Me and The Sopranos.
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Eastwood specifically wanted to cast the main roles with stage actors from the show's currently running Broadway, touring and international productions.
The JERSEY BOYS film adaptation is written by John Logan and is currently slated to begin shooting this summer in Los Angeles.
JERSEY BOYS is the journey of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.
JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Directed on Broadway by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
Early in his career, Eastwood starred as the "Man with No Name" in A Fistful of Dollars, his first "spaghetti western," which was a box office success and drew attention to the young actor. Additional roles followed, including the role of Harry Callahan in five "Dirty Harry" films, beginning in 1971. That same year, he made his directorial debut with Play Misty for Me. Other noted Eastwood films include the Charlie Parker biography Bird; The Bridges of Madison County; In the Line of Fire; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; White Hunter, Black Heart; Absolute Power; Space Cowboys; Mystic River; Flags of Our Fathers; Letters from Iwo Jima; Gran Torino; and Invictus, starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with Francois Pienaar, captain of South Africa's rugby team, to help unite their country. He most recently directed and starred in Trouble with the Curve, opposite Amy Adams.