Fox's 'Grease: Live' casts 'Graceland' star as male lead
Fox has found its Danny Zuko.
EW has exclusively learned that Graceland star Aaron Tveit has landed the hyyyydro-matic male lead role in the network’s live version of the popular Broadway play and 1978 film.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly talented team of actors in re-imagining this classic and beloved musical,” Tveit said. “Playing Danny Zuko is a dream role and I can’t wait to be a part of all the fun that comes along with performing live on television.”
Also, Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush) has been cast to play “Kenickie,” Zuko’s tough-guy sidekick.
Tveit certainly has the background for the part, which was made famous by John Travolta in the hit film. Tveit is a Broadway star who appeared in productions like the stage version of Catch Me If You Can, while on screen had a recurring role as Trip Van der Bilt on The CW’s Gossip Girl and a role in the 2012 film adaption of Les Misérables that led to his starring role on USA’s Graceland playing FBI rookie Mike Warren.
Tveit joins Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages) as Sandy and Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers) as Rizzo.
Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins are writing the adaption adaptation and Marc Platt (Wicked) will executive produce in a Paramount TV production. Grease: Live is set to air Jan. 31, 2016.