The mystery surrounding Oscar winner Jim Broadbent's decision to quit the HAIRSPRAY movie musical has been solved - he was offered a part in the film's rival project, SWEENEY TODD. Broadbent initially signed on to play a cross-dressing John Travolta's husband in the quirky all-star musical, but he recently walked away from the film, prompting producers to replace him with Christopher Walken. Now, Broadbent's name has been mentioned in connection with Tim Burton's SWEENEY TODD movie, which will star Johnny Depp as the demon barber of London's Fleet Street. If internet reports are true and Broadbent plays JUDGE TURPIN in Burton's film, his new project will hit cinemas at the end of next year (07) - exactly the same time as his former project, Hairspray.