Jon Favreau has been keeping busy. He’s reprised his role as Happy Hogan in Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3, he’s executive producing the upcoming NBC series Revolution, he recently joined Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and he’s attached to direct Disney’s Magic Kingdom, which will be based on the theme park attraction. A few weeks ago, we reported that he was in talks to helm an adaptation of the smash hit musical Jersey Boys, and now we have confirmation that it will be his next movie. I haven’t seen the musical, but per Adam: “the documentary-style musical tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘Walk Like a Man.’ It’s a ridiculously crowd-pleasing show but it’s also realistic and candid as far as the portrayal of the group’s ups and downs go.”
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According to Moviehole, filming will begin January 2013 in New York and New Jersey. Additionally, the site reports that casting on the picture has begun, and notices have been sent out to agencies looking for the lead roles of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy Devito, and Nick Massi. All of the roles except for Gaudio are looking for Italian-American actors, and the ability to sing and play instruments is listed as a plus.
I’m excited to see a change of pace from Favreau. While the popularity of the musical strongly indicates that this will be studio tent-pole, it’s not an action movie or a family film. As I said, I haven’t seen the musical yet, but Adam has and he’s up on the idea of Favreau landing the gig, so I’ll trust my fellow editor’s enthusiasm.