I've never been a big fan of Hairspray (the movie) and, though my parents simply adore the Broadway musical, it's one of only a handful of shows in New York I refuse to see. Mind you, this has nothing to do with the story, characters or the fabulous musical numbers -- it's just, well, not my thing.

Regardless, a new Hairspray film is currently in production and a few pics of John Travolta as Edna Turnblad have just arrived online. When I first heard they were casting John Travolta to play the lovable, yet large Edna Turnblad, I was somewhat perplexed. This was a completely different role for Travolta, and if he was going to top Harvey Fierstein's stage performance of Mrs. Turnblad, then Johnny would have to take his acting to some unfamiliar places. Low and behold, as you can see, Travolta has donned a fatsuit and looks rather ... charming. Directed by Adam Shankman, this new version of Hairspray is due out in theaters in July 2007.