Alec Baldwin will star in the upcoming adaptation of the Broadway musical, Rock of Ages.
Director Adam Shankman confirmed on Twitter that the 30 Rock star would be taking on the role of Denis Dupree – an ex-rocker turned nightclub owner, who battles to stop plans by German developers to turn Sunset Strip into a sex, drugs and rock-n-roll free zone.
He is joined in his crusade by rock star Stacee Jaxx – a role Tom Cruise was rumoured to be attached to some time ago, and which was also confirmed by Shankman via Twitter. It’s a unusual choice for Cruise, although with last year’s Knight and Day receiving mixed reviews, perhaps this is a sign that his action-hero days are coming to an end.
Although Shankman has a background as an actor, dancer and choreographer, he has also directed several feature-length films, including The Wedding Planner, A Walk to Remember and Hairspray. He’s also been a judge and choreographer on the US TV show, So You Think You Can Dance, since Season 3, and directed the recent Rocky Horror Show episode of Glee.
Joining what is rapidly becoming a rather star-studded cast is Julianne Hough, who is no stranger to musical films having appeared in last year’s Burlesque. She also also happens to be the sister of that Derek chap who’s been following Cheryl Cole around for the last year or so. Who knew?
Hough will be taking on the role of Rock of Ages‘ Sherrie, an aspiring actress from Kansas. Mary J. Blige has also signed on to play Justice, the owner of a nearby ‘gentleman’s club’ where Sherrie finds herself working – which sounds all a bit Burlesque for our liking, but we’ll let it slide.
Also rumoured to be involved in this glam metal feast of a film include Russell Brand, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway – we’ll keep you posted!