John Travolta & Queen Latifah Join 'Hairspray'

John Travolta and Queen Latifah are to star in the Adam Shankman-directed musical Hairspray, according to Variety.

Deals were completed late Wednesday evening for Travolta to play downtrodden housewife Edna Turnblad and for Latifah to play Motormouth Maybelle, a civil rights activist and dance show host in the 1962-set musical.

A nationwide search is on to find a fresh face for Tracy Turnblad, the chubby teen played by Ricki Lake in John Waters' original film and by Marissa Jaret Winokur in the Tony-winning stage musical.

Pic is set for a summer 2007 release.

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