Thursday, August 12, 2010

Zac Efron to play Tommy in new musical movie

Zac Efron is no stranger to combining acting and singing in movies, but this is bigger than any high school production he may have been involved in previously. He will play the title character in The Who's legendary rock opera, Tommy.

The Jonas Brothers and Zac Efron
Entwistle, Townshend, Moon and Daltrey....NOT
Originally released in 1975, the joint venture between director Ken Russell and The Who guitarist Pete Townshend looks “severely dated” in today's market and is in dire need of a “21st century makeover”, according to Kevin Jonas.

Kevin and his Jonas Brothers, Joe and Nick are the brains behind this escapade. They are also the musical directors and will appear in the movie, just as Entwistle, Townshend, Moon and Daltrey did 35 years ago. Ten years before Kevin or Zac were even a twinkle in their respective father's eye.

“We had never heard of The Who until they played the halftime show at the Superbowl last year,” Joe claimed. “We kind of liked their style and felt that their music had a TV crimeshow feel to it.”

“Yeah, we googled them and found out about Tommy and since remakes are big business right now we decided to remake Tommy for a new generation." - Kevin.

"We thought about updating some of the songs to reflect the modern era, but 'X-Box Wizard' just didn't sound right." - Nick.

Madonna has been approached to play Tommy's mother, and rumors point to the original Tommy, Roger Daltrey, portraying Frank, the Stepfather.

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Lady Gaga - Acid Queen?
Other roles are as yet undecided, or are being kept under wraps, however a Facebook page has been created (and left to rot, and deleted) petitioning for Lady Gaga to play The Acid Queen, a role that Tina Turner owned in the original version.

If this movie actually goes into production and gets a release, everyone will want to be just like Tommy... Deaf, Dumb and Blind.

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