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Jon Favreau confirmed to direct Jersey Boys

Jon Favreau

Story by Jack Foley

JON Favreau has confirmed that he will direct the film version of Broadway hit Jersey Boys.

The former Iron Man director said that casting for the lead roles for the musical, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, had now begun.

Favreau tweeted on Wednesday: “Yes, I’m directing Jersey Boys, and there’s an open call for the lead roles.”

The screenplay for the film will be written by John Logan, whose credits include Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Hugo.

In stage form, Jersey Boys is a multi award-winning musical that tells the turbulent story of Valli and the other members of the pop sensation group, The Four Seasons during their rise to stardom.

Since it first opened on Broadway in November 2005, it has held more than 2,000 performances and has gone on to tour north America and Australia, as well as London’s West End, where it made its West End debut at London’s Prince Edward Theatre in February 2008.

Jersey Boys will be Favreau’s first directing job since 2011’s sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Favreau will also be reprising his role as Happy Hogan in Iron Man 3.

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