We’re happy to report that previous rumors are true, and that Russell Brand is finally on board for the upcoming Adam Shankman’s adaptation of the stage musical Rock of Ages. Movie has quite interesting cast that already includes Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Paul Giamatti and Diego Gonzalez Boneta. Check out the rest of our report for more details.
Rock of Ages is set in the 1980s and filled with rock music from that decade (classic ’80s tunes by Styx, REO Speedwagon, Journey, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison and Whitesnake). Chris D’Arienzo, the musical’s creator, wrote the screen adaptation with Adam Shankman and Justin Theroux doing a polish. Adam Shankman will direct and choreograph the film, while Carl Levin, Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Gibgot will produce.
So, according to the latest reports, Russell Brand is on board will take on the role of Lonnie in the film who runs the ‘80s rock club The Bourbon, owned by Dennis (the role Alec Baldwin will be playing).
Tom Cruise will play Stacee Jaxx, character decribed as “the arrogant and charming star at the top of his career.” Julianne Hough stars as the leading female role, Sherrie, character that Shankman described this way: “she’s the lead, she’s the girl who comes to Los Angeles looking for the dream. I asked her if she wanted to be in a movie with Tom Cruise and she wanted to not get on the plane so she could celebrate. Her audition was surreal – maybe the best I’ve ever seen.”
Mary J. Blige will play character named Justice, while Boldwin is set to star as Dennis. Paul Giamatti was cast as the manager of Stacee Jax and his rock band, and Amy Adams is set to play “a journalist who plans to write an expose on the hard-partying rock star but ends up having a fling with him instead after they do a duet of Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love Is.”
And, as we reported few days ago, Diego Gonzalez Boneta, 20 year old Mexican singer and actor who appeared in ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, will star as Drew Boley, a guitarist and singer described as the nicest aspiring rocker you’ll find in the Bourbon Room.
At the end, let me remind you that Rock of Ages is set to hit theaters June 15th, 2012.