Hubby for ‘Hairspray’?

Crystal in talks for tuner

NEW YORK — Billy Crystal, now starring on Broadway in his autobiographical “700 Sundays,” is in talks to play Wilbur Turnblad in New Line’s film of “Hairspray.”

Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin is negotiating to play R&B record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle.

New Line said no offers would be made to cast the film until scribe Leslie Dixon (“Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Look Who’s Talking”) finishes the script. She recently replaced the musical’s original book writers, Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell, on the project.

“Hairspray” is expected, but not confirmed, to go before the cameras in September.

Harvey Fierstein and Dick Latessa won Tony Awards in 2003 as Edna and Wilbur in the stage version of John Waters’ 1988 film.

Sources close to “Hairspray” reported last month that John Travolta has the inside track to star as zaftig leading lady Edna Turnblad (Daily Variety, Feb. 23), Wilbur’s wife.

More Film

  • Juliette Binoche Slack Bay

    Juliette Binoche Receives UniFrance's French Cinema Award

    NEW YORK — Billy Crystal, now starring on Broadway in his autobiographical “700 Sundays,” is in talks to play Wilbur Turnblad in New Line’s film of “Hairspray.” Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin is negotiating to play R&B record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle. New Line said no offers would be made to cast the film until scribe Leslie […]

  • The Catcher Was A Spy Sundance

    Sundance Film Review: 'The Catcher Was a Spy'

    NEW YORK — Billy Crystal, now starring on Broadway in his autobiographical “700 Sundays,” is in talks to play Wilbur Turnblad in New Line’s film of “Hairspray.” Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin is negotiating to play R&B record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle. New Line said no offers would be made to cast the film until scribe Leslie […]

  • 'The Kindergarten Teacher' Review

    Sundance Film Review: 'The Kindergarten Teacher'

    NEW YORK — Billy Crystal, now starring on Broadway in his autobiographical “700 Sundays,” is in talks to play Wilbur Turnblad in New Line’s film of “Hairspray.” Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin is negotiating to play R&B record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle. New Line said no offers would be made to cast the film until scribe Leslie […]

  • 'Juliet, Naked' Review: Ethan Hawke, Rose

    Sundance Film Review: 'Juliet, Naked'

    NEW YORK — Billy Crystal, now starring on Broadway in his autobiographical “700 Sundays,” is in talks to play Wilbur Turnblad in New Line’s film of “Hairspray.” Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin is negotiating to play R&B record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle. New Line said no offers would be made to cast the film until scribe Leslie […]

  • 'Pity' Review: No Mercy Shown in

    Sundance Film Review: 'Pity'

    NEW YORK — Billy Crystal, now starring on Broadway in his autobiographical “700 Sundays,” is in talks to play Wilbur Turnblad in New Line’s film of “Hairspray.” Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin is negotiating to play R&B record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle. New Line said no offers would be made to cast the film until scribe Leslie […]

  • American Animals

    Sundance Film Review: 'American Animals'

    NEW YORK — Billy Crystal, now starring on Broadway in his autobiographical “700 Sundays,” is in talks to play Wilbur Turnblad in New Line’s film of “Hairspray.” Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin is negotiating to play R&B record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle. New Line said no offers would be made to cast the film until scribe Leslie […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content