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News createt: 20-08-2010

Justin Timberlake in Broadway's Memphis?


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Efron or Timberlake Off to Memphis?
Stars, Oliver Stone reportedly eager for film version of Tony winner.
Memphis' own Justin Timberlake and Zac Efron are reportedly interested in snagging the male lead in the feature film version of the Broadway hit Memphis.

The play's official site says Memphis "is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll."

According to The New York Post, Efron is seen as the leading candidate to play disc jockey Huey Caloun, a fictionalized version of famous 1940s and '50s R&B deejay Dewey Phillips, who helped launch Elvis Presley to fame by playing his first record, "That's All Right, Mama," over and over again on radio station WHBQ in Memphis. Chad Kimball has played Huey onstage.

"Although there are no concrete plans yet to adapt Memphis for the big screen, Efron isn't the only actor in the hunt. Justin Timberlake saw the show in May, about the same time director Oliver Stone checked it out," the paper reports.

"Insiders say Stone has taken meetings with Memphis writers Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, who's also the keyboardist for Bon Jovi, and Stone mentioned Timberlake as a potential Huey Calhoun. A rep for Stone confirmed he met with Bryan and expressed interest in doing a film adaptation."