ByAlisha Grauso, writer at
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Alisha Grauso

Whenever actor-turned-director steps behind the camera for a new film, you can virtually guarantee it's a lock for at least a handful of Academy Award nominations and a win or two, particularly in the Best Director category. His next venture is the upcoming adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys.

The film follows the rise and subsequent fall of 60s crooners Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who penned and sang classic hits like "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", "Sherry", and "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)", among others. Their career was marked by triumph, but also the underbelly of the mob scene to which they had numerous ties.

The cast for the ambitious film has just gained two new faces, with THR reporting that Jersey-born actors and real-life friends and have signed on for the film.

Luke is set to play Donnie, the loan shark who tries to extort money from Frankie Valli. Russo, meanwhile, will be stepping into the role of Joe "Joey" Pesci (yes, THAT ), who was a fellow neighborhood kid and helped form the band.

While the producers are looking at mostly up-and-coming actors for roles, one big name has already been cast: , who will be playing Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo, the New Jersey mobster who helps mentor and manage the band.

Jersey Boys cleaned up at the 2006 Tony Awards, winning four in total and being a worldwide hit. The story, plus Eastwood behind the camera, is an equation that's shaping up to be something well worth watching. Have you ever seen the musical? If so, do you think it will translate well to the screen? Sound off in the comments and let me know.

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