Jim Carrey, Jake Gyllenhaal Are Yankees
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 10:43:34
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Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal will star together in New Line's big screen adaptation of Damn Yankees. The musical originally debuted on Broadway in 1955 and went on to win seven Tony Awards during one of its runs.
It is about a married man named Joe Boyd, who is obsessed with the Washington Senators baseball team while they are lost in the era of New York Yankees Major League domination. Boyd eventually sells his soul to the devil in order to help the team do well. In exchange for his soul, he becomes player Joe Hardy. Boyd is only permitted to break the deal and return to his normal life during the World Series. The devil also uses a lost soul named Lola to assist in getting Boyd to renege on the deal.
Carrey is rumored to play the devil, while Boyd would be portrayed by Gyllenhaal. It's the first time either actor has done a musical. It has not been determined who would portray Lola. The producers attempted to make a feature film version of the musical five years ago via Miramax, but the rights lapsed.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff