After going through several hoops to get the adaptation of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” off the ground, Graham King and Warner Bros. look as if they are getting closer to a start date.
Broadway stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and “Boardwalk Empire” thesp Vincent Piazza are being eyed to star in the Clint Eastwood-directed film.
No offers have been put forth but sources tell Variety that these are the choices Eastwood and King want and Warners has given the OK to move forward with them.
If deals can be worked out, Young would play Frank Valli, Bergen would play Bob Gaudio, Piazza would play Tommy Devito and Lomenda would play Nick Massi.
Pic is based on the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. John Logan penned the script.
Eastwood, King and Robert Lorenz are producing. The real life Valli and Gaudio are exec producing.
Reports had surfaced early on that Eastwood and King were looking at actors who had at one point performed in the stage version of “Jersey Boys.” Everyone except Piazza has starred in some version of the musical. Though he hasn’t performed in “Jersey Boys,” Piazza has stage experience, having working on several productions before getting his break with “Boardwalk Empire.”
For King, this a would be moral victory, since he has spent years trying to get the film off the ground. King won the rights to the musical in October of 2010 and soon hired Jon Favreau to direct.
When a budget could not be agreed on, Warners put the film in turnaround and Favreau left shortly after.
The project got a second chance when Eastwood came on to direct, leading Warners to pick it up again. The studio’s approval of casting choices solidifies that the film is gaining steam towards a start date.
Piazza is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment, Young is repped by Dona R. Miller and Bergen is repped by DBA and Persona Management.