One of Michelle Pfeiffer's earliest (and most memorably doofy) movies was the ill-fated bobby-sox musical called Grease 2. The actress clearly doesn't mind dipping her toe back into that particular time capsule, as it was just announced by Variety that Ms. Pfeiffer has signed on to play the villain in Adam Shankman's impending Hairspray adaptation. (It was a movie first and then a musical, and now a musical movie. Just like The Producers.)

Pfeiffer, who hasn't been seen since 2002's White Oleander, will play Velma Von Tussel, a former beauty queen turned slimy villainess. And yes, Michelle Pfeiffer will be singing, along with co-stars John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Amanda Bynes. (Last time MP sang was in The Fabulous Baker Boys. Last time she was a villain was in Batman Returns.)

While we won't get to see Ms. Pfeiffer strut her stuff in Hairspray for quite some time, she'll soon be seen in Matthew Vaughn's Stardust, which is based on the novel Neil Gaiman, who also wrote the screenplay. (It stars the likes of Robert De Niro, Peter O'Toole, and Claire Danes.) Regarding the new and extra-musical version of Hairspray, there are only two words preventing me from looking forward to the movie: Adam and Shankman.

(Previous reports on this movie can be found here, here, and here.)
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