The first trailer for director Clint Eastwood’s hotly anticipated “Jersey Boys,” adapted from the celebrated musical about iconic ’60s rock group The Four Seasons, has landed.
Like the smash jukebox musical written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice — who also wrote the film’s screenplay, alongside cowriter John Logan — Eastwood’s film revolves around the rise and fall of the band led by Frankie Valli, whose entanglements in the mafia and rough-and-tumble days on the streets of New Jersey came to define, and complicate, their image. After a long casting process, stage actor John Lloyd Young finally got to reprise his role as Valli, who he also played when the musical opened on Broadway in 2005. Christopher Walken costars.
This is 83-year-old Eastwood’s first film as a director since 2011’s divisive biopic “J. Edgar”; it’s produced by Graham King’s GK Films. And it’s director Eastwood’s first musical (he infamously starred in 1969 flop “Paint Your Wagon”). But the movie score composer and jazz pianist has always had a musical bent, from Cannes Best Actor-winner “Bird” (Forest Whitaker) to one episode of Alex Gibney’s music doc “The Blues.” As always, any Eastwood movie is considered an early Oscar contender, especially one so easily targeted to the senior Academy demographic. But Warner Bros.’ June 20 release date seems a tad early for Eastwood, who often likes to arrive late to the awards party and steal the show.