Watch out, Clint Eastwood. It looks like there’s going to be a new “Big Man in Town” on the Jersey Boys set. Deadline reports that Christopher Walken is officially set to play mobster Gyp DeCarlo in the movie adaptation of the hit musical.
Like the play, the Jersey Boys movie will follow the formation, success, and break-up of The Four Seasons. Walken’s character Gyp DeCarlo is a mob boss who helps out the band when member Tommy DeVito racks up some serious debt. Clint Eastwood will direct the musical adaptation, and original Broadway cast member John Lloyd Young is rumored to reprise his role as Frankie Valli, alongside Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, and Michael Lomenda.
Walken, who trained as a dancer in musical theatre productions before moving on to dramatic roles, will undoubtedly bring some name recognition to the project. Filming for Jersey Boys is scheduled to begin in September — oh what a film!