As previously reported, Hairspray will also star John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, Zac Efron as Link Larkin, Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton, Brittany Snow as Amber von Tussle, Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle, James Marsden as Corny Collins, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma von Tussle. For many months, it had been rumored that Billy Crystal would play the role of Wilbur.
Walken received a Theatre World Award for The Rose Tattoo, a Drama Desk nomination for Lemon Sky, and a Tony Award nomination for The Dead. His other Broadway credits include The Lion in the Winter, Sweet Bird of Youth, and Hurlyburly. He won an Academy Award for The Deer Hunter and has appeared in dozens of movies including Pennies from Heaven, Biloxi Blues, and Batman Returns.