FIRST LOOK: Tattooed Tom Cruise in ROCK OF AGES
Published: June 17, 2011 - 6:55pm
Directed by Adam Shankman and feauring a huge ensemble cast including Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the upcoming rock opera tribute to the 80s is scheduled for release next year.
Rock of Ages is set in the late 1980s, where an aspiring rocker, Drew, works as a busboy in the trademark Hollywood bar/club The Bourbon Room. He falls instantly for a cute girl, Sherrie, who arrives from Kansas hoping to make it big in acting. After being hired by the bar, Sherrie accepts Drew's invitation to have a picnic at a place overlooking Los Angeles. There, he mistakenly suggests that the two are just friends. Later, at the Bourbon Room, ladies' man and lead singer for his band Arsenal, Stacee Jaxx, will be playing that night and instantly hits it off with Sherrie and the two have sex in the bar's bathroom. Subsequently, Drew proves his musical ability in the club and is chosen to open for Stacee. A record producer in the club offers Drew a contract, which he accepts.
Bryan Cranston and Catherine Zeta-Jones will occupy the fictional governor's mansion for the piece. Alec Baldwin was added to the cast as recording exec Lonny Barnett. Julianne Hough will star as Sherrie, a small time girl trying to make it big in L.A. She will get to wail on 'High Enough' and 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn.' She will also get the honor of conveying a sex scene in a men's bathroom and showcase her character as an exotic dancer.
Tom Cruise will be placed in the role of rock star Stacee Jax. Cruise will get to sing a rendition of Bon Jovi’s ‘Wanted Dead or Alive' and Foreigner's 'I Want To Know What Love Is.' Mary J. Blige is cast as Justice Charlier and will belt out 'Any Way You Want It.' Russell Brand was cast in large role in the film, and actress Malin Ackermann has also signed on recently.
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Rock of Ages will be directed by Adam Shankman. The script was written by the songbook scribe Chris D’Arienzo and was touched up by Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt. Filming began this summer with a theatrical release in 2012 planned.