Broadbent To Play Travolta's Hairspray Husband
British actor JIM BROADBENT has been added to the cast of movie musical HAIRSPRAY after beating BILLY CRYSTAL to play JOHN TRAVOLTA's husband. Oscar-winning IRIS star Broadbent will play WILBUR TURNBLAD, the father of the lead character TRACY TURNBLAD, in the starstudded project. Travolta will dress it up as EDNA TURNBLAD in the film, which will also star QUEEN LATIFAH, MICHELLE PFEIFFER and AMANDA BYNES. Crystal has long been associated with the Wilbur Turnblad role. Filming begins in Toronto, Canada next month (SEP06). The project is scheduled to hit screens next Christmas (07).