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.
Well, despite our numerous daily attempts to convince ourselves that this couldn't happen, that there's no way that there would actually be a Rock of Ages movie-adaptation, today's news had to go ahead and fuck all of that up and bring us back to reality by confirming rumors that Diego Boneta and Russell Brand have officially signed onto the cast. Woo... we guess.
Boneta will play the lead, a 22-year-old kid named Drew Boley who moves to LA in hopes of "making it," as ignorant, optimistic people tend to do. Brand, on the other hand, will fit right into his type cast mold and play a British rock star (righteous!). To-be-directed by Adam Shankman, the film already stars pretty much everyone else: Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin. They're also courting Amy Adams.
Source: Deadline, The Wrap via /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."
The British funnyman was recently rumoured to be joining Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige in the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway show.
Brand has now confirmed the story, but insists he will only commit to the role if he is allowed enough time off.
He tells Entertainment Weekly, "I have to make sure I see me wife (sic) enough, but if we can work out the schedule, then yeah, I want to do it. Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, rock music of the '80s - you can't go wrong. And I've already got the hair. I am way ahead of them on that account (sic)."
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.
Last week, when I interviewed The Green Hornet's Seth Rogen about his new superhero flick I managed to get a few updates on the actor/writer/producer's upcoming projects. My last report concerned the once-again-untitled-cancer-comedy that has been in the works for some time, but this one pertains to the Warner Bros. musical adaptation of Rock of Ages that Adam Shankman is directing. There have been numerous names attached to the film, none confirmed, including Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige and Rogen. According to Rogen, though, he's got nothing to do with it.
Check out the video below for his response, in addition to his comments on the fore mentioned cancer comedy and Judd Apatow's recently announced untitled Knocked Up spin-off.