With her perfect Barbie-doll looks and dazzling dance-floor moves, Hough became America's spinning sweetheart when she joined — and ultimately won — Dancing With the Stars. An aspiring ent...
The Welsh actress, who won an Oscar for her role in Chicago, will play the villainous, ultra-conservative Mayor's wife in the film adaptation of the Broadway show, which includes Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin and Julianne Hough among its cast.
Zeta-Jones' role was created specifically for the film, according to EW.com.
Her casting comes a week after revelations she is struggling from Bipolar II disorder, which recently prompted her to check into a treatment centre.
Director Adam Shankman can't wait to work with the star, insisting she's too professional to allow her condition to interfere with her work.
He tells EW.com, "I think she's seeing this as a wonderful homecoming for her. It (movie musical) puts her in an incredible comfort zone. The truth of the matter is, I'm working with a lot of the same people that she worked with on Chicago, so she's going to be returning to a real family situation.
"There's a group of people that are there literally just to kind of be with her and support her. And, having rehearsed with her, she's so happy and at home in the rehearsal room, and when you put that quarter in her and turn her on to sing and dance, it's just magic."
I’m willing to bet that director Adam Shankman happened to ask Catherine Zeta-Jones to be in Rock of Ages at the precisely the right moment. Because if she were in any frame of mind that has the ability to discern the good choices from the bad ones, she would not have agreed to appear in his adaptation of the Broadway hit. I’m not blaming this on the Oscar winner's bipolar disorder (which is a serious condition and should be treated), but I am accusing Shankman of taking advantage of the mentally ill. He seems like the kind of person would do that.
Anyway, the lovely Zeta-Jones joins the production as a villain in a role not included the stage version. Her character will help tie everything together, much like the fabled hair band's of the 80s tied all that giant hair together back. She joins the eclectic cast that includes Diego Gonzalez Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti and Julianne Hough.
Mrs. Zeta Jones, we wish you the best of luck in your treatment and may you come to your senses and drop this film like an ugly step child.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The British funnyman was trying to schedule the role of Lonny around his summer plans with wife Katy Perry and now it appears he's sorted out the logistics.
He'll join Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige among the supporting cast of the film.
Little-known Mexican actor Diego Boneta was announced as the star of the project last week (ends08Apr11).
The film will be adapted from the hit Broadway musical of the same name.
The star is preparing for his role as bad boy rocker Stacee Jaxx, and he's very serious about coming across as a bona-fide rock god on the big screen, according to director Adam Shankman.
The moviemaker tells TheWrap.com, "He's been studying with Axl Rose's voice teacher, like, five hours a day. The prognosis is more than excellent.
"The voice lesson where he opened up and suddenly let loose... was really great.
Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige will join Cruise in the film.
The little known TV star reportedly wowed producers and director Adam Shankman in auditions and he has been added to the cast alongside Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough and Mary J. Blige, according to Variety.
With the main casting complete, the film will go before the cameras in Florida on 19 May (11).
The film is an adaptation of hit stageshow Rock of Ages, which uses the music of Journey, Bon Jovi and Joan Jett, among others, to tell the story of a couple who meet and fall in love at a Sunset Strip club in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Cruise's wife Katie Holmes reveals her husband is deadly serious about his first big screen song-and-dance role: "He's so excited to do it... He's thrilled."
"It’s, like, 'I gotta show him I’ve got some balls. I’m not gonna sit there and not say anything. I gotta interact. He’s amazing." Julianne Hough on working with Tom Cruise in new movie musical Rock of Ages.
The big screen adaptation of the Broadway show already boasts a star-studded cast, including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige, and Shankman is looking for an acting newcomer to fill the role of Drew Boley.
Movie studio bosses are calling on wannabe male actors between the ages of 18 and 25 "with a real rock 'n' roll singing voice" to attend auditions in Los Angeles on 26 March (11), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Burlesque star Hough joined the movie line-up as Sherrie earlier this month (Mar11). Filming will begin in Florida in May (11).
ALEC BALDWIN has joined the star-studded ROCK OF AGES cast. The movie star will join Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough and Mary J. Blige in the film adaptation of the hit stage musical, which features the music of Journey and Bon Jovi.
Over the past decade Alec Baldwin has made two types of movies: really, really good ones (The Departed, The Aviator) and really, really bad ones (My Best Friend’s Girl, The Cat in the Hat). Now he’s signed on to co-star in Rock of Ages opposite Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough. Adam Shankman, the man responsible for Hairspray, The Pacifier and Bedtime Stories - not to mention the Rocky Horror Glee Episode - is directing the adaptation of the hit Broadway musical that uses '80's anthems to guide its narrative. Despite Shankman’s claims that if we loved Cruise in Tropic Thunder then we’ll love him in Rock of Ages, I think we know which column the film will appear in for Baldwin.
However, there is a small chance that it might not completely suck. Justin Theroux, who co-wrote the fore mentioned Cruise film, has been polishing the script with Shankman and he’s clearly capable of creating comical moments. And while Cruise will be rocking out, the Warner Bros. production will have an actual singer on board with Mary J. Blige. Rounding out the list of recognizable names in its roster is Russell Brand, who is technically still in talks to appear. So yeah, there is an outside chance that this film won’t completely blow donkey balls. Fingers crossed.
Two-time Dancing With the Stars champ Julianne Hough will be joining Tom Cruise for New Line's adaptation of the Broadway musical 'Rock of Ages,' after an audition that director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) called "surreal -- maybe the best I've ever seen."
It's another big role for the up-and-coming actress, who, after conquering both the music and dancing worlds, quickly went from an uncredited part in the first Harry Potter film to a starring role opposite Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack in Paramount's upcoming remake of Footloose, releasing in October.
Hough will next play Sherrie, an aspiring actress from Kansas, in the film adaptation of the campy '80s rock opera (featuring the music of Journey, Joan Jett, and other '80s rock staples), which opened in Los Angeles in 2006 before coming to Broadway, where it received five Tony nominations.
'Rock of Ages' creator Chris D'Arienzo was on hand to script the adaptation with help from Tropic Thunder scribe Justin Theroux and Shankman, who will begin shooting the musical May 19 in Florida.
With her perfect Barbie-doll looks and dazzling dance-floor moves, Hough became America's spinning sweetheart when she joined — and ultimately won — Dancing With the Stars. An aspiring entertainer from an early age, 10-year-old Hough left her Utah home to study at London's Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts; her efforts paid off when she became the first U.S.-born dancer to be crowned International Latin Youth Champion and Junior Blackpool World Latin Champion. Although she returned to Utah to finish high school, after graduation she headed to Los Angeles and quickly booked a gig as a sexy dancer on the short-lived game show Show Me the Money. From there she joined the DWTS tour as a company dancer. In a 42nd Street-like twist, when lead dancer Kym Johnson injured herself, Hough replaced her, twirling across the country with Season 1 DWTS contestant Joey MacIntyre. Her impressive work led to her addition to DWTS proper. She was paired with Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno in Season 4 and race-car driver Helio Castraneves in Season 5, winning back-to-back mirror-ball trophies. Proving that she's more than just a hoofer, Hough released her first country-music album in May 2008, with plans to open for country star Brad Paisley during his summer tour.
Attended Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London, England