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Exclusive: Renee Marino to Play 'Mary' in JERSEY BOYS Film

BroadwayWorld has learned that Renee Marino, who currently plays 'Mary Delgado' in Jersey Boys on Broadway, will play the role in the upcoming big screen adaptation, which is to be directed by Clint Eastwood. Her other Broadway credits include: Wonderland and Chaplin.

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Broadway's John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza are under consideration to star in the movie musical. All of the actors, with the exception of Piazza, have previously appeared in a stage production of the musical. 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. Donnie Kehr, will star as 'Norm Waxman,' Joey Russo as 'Joe "Joey" Pesci,' Jeremy Luke as 'Donnie' and Christopher Walken as 'Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo.'

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.

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