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Jim Carrey, Jake Gyllenhaal Cast in Movie Adaptation of Damn Yankees Musical

Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal Are Damn Yankees

Ha, I guess we picked a good time to talk about big-screen musical adaptations, because there's news about a new one heading our way. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jim Carrey will star in a modernized film adaptation of Damn Yankees, produced by the folks behind Hairspray.

The musical — which was produced for the first time in 1955 — centers on Joe Boyd, a married man "whose devotion to a hapless pro baseball team prompts him to make a Faustian bargain with the devil to help the team." Varitey continues:

He's transformed into slugger Joe Hardy, in exchange for Boyd's soul. Boyd can break the deal, but the deadline occurs during the World Series. For good measure, the devil engages Lola, a gorgeous lost soul, to seduce the slugger and seal his fate.

Gyllenhaal will play Boyd, while Carrey's the devil. It's the first time either of them has done a big-screen musical, though Gyllenhaal's showed us his singing chops on SNL before and Carrey had that whole Cuban Pete number in The Mask. What do you make of the news? Is Damn Yankees one of the musicals you think could be well-suited for film? And who should be their Lola?


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fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
I do not hate the idea of remaking a classic movie musical because that's exactly what happens every 10 or so years (or four, with the current run of Gypsy reviving a 2003 run) on Broadway. It's interesting to see reimaginings on film of things that were always meant to be reinvented and reimagined on stage. Lola should be Amy Adams, as long as she can dance. Anne Hathaway in the role of Gloria -- how great would she be doing "Shoeless Joe?"
niqua230 niqua230 8 years
Who is gonna play Lola? I will if no one else wants to seduce Jake?
gaucholoco gaucholoco 8 years
This is almost as bad as Ashton Kutcher playing a quarterback. Seriously, can we stop ruining classic movies by turning them into forgettable remakes? I mean, Hollywood must think of us: "They're blind chumps, they're blind chumps, they're must-be-outta-their-mind chumps!" (sorry, couldn't resist)
emalove emalove 8 years
I love Jake!
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