18/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) It has recently been announced that Christopher Walken will be playing Mr Turnblad to John Travolta's Mrs in the remake of the musical Hairspray.
"Chris was the person [my co-lyricist and composer] Scott [Wittman] and I wanted in the first place," said Marc Shaiman. "It seems like his part allows him to coalesce all this skills into one role. I am constantly pessimistic, but I look at this cast and feel like I've fallen into an old MGM musical."
The role was played by Jerry Stiller in the original and his wife by the late obese drag queen Divine. Other familiar faces from the original 1988 movie that inspired the Broadway show include washed-out talk show host Ricki Lake as the lead and Blondie's Debbie Harry (whose role is filled by Michelle Pfeiffer in the upcoming version).
In other musical news, Warner Bros and DreamWorks have decided to team up for the Tim Burton movie version of the dark comedic musical Sweeney Todd. Burton has reportedly already signed Johnny Depp to the role of the demonic barber title character.