FOX?s ?Grease Live? has added Keke Palmer to the cast. The 21-year-old singer/actress has landed a role of the sassy Pink Lady, Marty Maraschino. The character was originally portrayed by Dinah Manoff in the 1978 film.
Palmer, who recently became the first African-American and youngest actress to star in Broadway?s ?Cinderella?, joins Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens who were earlier cast as Sandy and Rizzo respectively.
?Grease Live? is based on the 1971 Broadway musical from Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, which was turned into a 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Marc Platt will executive produce the live TV production, with Thomas Kail as the director overseeing the stage direction and Alex Rudzinski as the live television director.
The role of Danny Zuko is still not cast yet, but Zac Efron has expressed his willingness to portray the character made famous by Travolta in the big-screen adaptation. ?That?s an honor,? he said back in April. ?Those are big shoes to fill. I think I came as close to it as you could in ?High School Musical?. To actually do that? Yeah, those are big shoes.?
The live TV event is set to air in January 2016 on FOX.