Amanda Bynes (“She’s the Man”) has been cast in New Line’s “Hairspray,” with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron producing.
Thesp is in line for the role of Penny Pingleton, best friend of the lead Tracy Turnblad character. Studio’s been conducting a nationwide search to play Turnblad.
Pic is set for a summer 2007 release. New Line has made deals with John Travolta and Queen Latifah to star in the Adam Shankman-directed musical.
Shankman, who also is choreographing, will begin rehearsals in the summer. Leslie Dixon penned the script, and Marc Shaiman wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics with Scott Wittman.