Breaking News: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza to Star in JERSEY BOYS Film?
Variety is reporting that Broadway's John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza are under consideration to star in Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of JERSEY BOYS. All of the actors, with the exception of Piazza, have previously appeared in a stage production of the musical.
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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.