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Details have emerged about the upcoming X Factor comedy musical.

Simon Cowell will be portrayed by stage actor Alexander Hanson, according to The Sun.

Hanson has starred in many West End and Broadway plays, and is married to Downton Abbey actress Samantha Bond.

Cowell was said to be "howling with laughter" when he watched Hanson read through his lines for the play in London last week.

A source said: "He's not exactly a Hollywood A-lister but he does a bloody good Simon Cowell. Simon had to admit he was the right man for the job."

Hanson's portrayal of Cowell will reportedly include a song titled 'Falling in Love with Myself'.

Harry Hill has been working on the musical project with songwriter Steve Brown, who previously worked together on TV Burp.

Insiders have claimed that the musical will focus on a hopeful named Shenise and her attempts to win The X Factor. »

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