ComingSoon.net had this to report:
“New Line has found its Hairspray villain, setting Michelle Pfeiffer
to play Velma von Tussel, the former Miss Baltimore Crabs beauty
queen-turned-bitter Baltimore TV station owner.”
By the way , this is the role originated by Debbie Harry of the famous rock group Blondie in the original 1988 Jon Waters film. Here are a few links with the big news!