Harvey Fierstein and Jennifer Hudson will star in NBC's Hairspray LIVE on 7th December 2016.
Fierstein, who will write the screenplay for the live broadcast, will reprise the role of Edna Turnblad which he originated on Broadway.
Hudson, who is currently starring in The Color Purple on Broadway, will play Motormouth Maybelle. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
UPDATE (28/04/16): Comedian and actor Martin Short, who recently appeared in It's Only a Play on Broadway, will play Wilbur. Derek Hough, who is best known for Dancing With The Stars and will star as Don Lockwood in the upcoming Broadway revival of Singin' in the Rain, has been cast as Corny Collins.
Hairspray LIVE will be directed by Kenny Leon who helmed The Wiz LIVE last year. He will work alongside the show's original choreographer Jerry Mitchell. It is unknown whether the show will follow the footsteps of Fox's Grease LIVE and be shown in the UK.
Hairspray has music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan.