http://joblo.com/index.php?id=10546 Source: Variety by: Mike Sampson After an endless stream of rumors and possibilities, New Line has finally set its cast for the upcoming musical HAIRSPRAY. John Travolta and Queen Latifah have officially signed on to star in th efilm as Edna Turnblad and Motormouth Maybelle respectively. New Line had been courting Travolta for some time but he had been waffling between this project and starring as JR Ewing in Fox's big screen DALLAS pic. Travolta maintains he still has interest in starring in that film but production would have to be delayed to fit into his schedule. The role of Edna Turnblad will be "greatly expanded" in the theatrical version, with new songs courtesy of composer Marc Shaiman, to fit an actor of Travolta's "stature" (my quotes). Latifah is reunited with director Adam Shankman who she worked with on BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE. The next stop for the HAIRSPRAY team is finding an actress to star as Tracy Turnblad. A nationwide casting call is underway to find a "fresh face" to star as the young girl. In addition, Billy Crystal and Meryl Streep have been rumored additions to the cast as well but their deals haven't been set. HAIRSPRAY is set for release in summer 2007.