Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, and the whole Rock of Ages gang premiered their picture in London tonight. The UK screening came after the LA event for Rock of Ages on Friday that brought out a Hollywood crowd including Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, and writer Justin Theroux. Tom posed for photos with costars Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, and Paul Giamatti, as well as director Adam Shankman. Some of their costars didn't make the trek to Britain, like Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Still, it seems like Tom, Julianne, and company are excited to be in London. Upon her arrival, Julianne tweeted, "Love being here . . . Feels like home." Adam, meanwhile, seems to be quite the royalist. He wrote, "Loving London . . . Scavenging for jubilee mementos!"
The new full-length trailer is out for Rock of Ages, and guess what? It's awesome. Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Julianne Hough ain't looking for nothin' but a good time and between their over-the-top commitment to their roles and a little monkey named Heyman, the preview is pretty hilarious. It also gives us more insight into the plot than the original teaser, with a better look at the rest of the cast (welcome to the club, Diego Boneta.)
Aside from sharing director Adam Shankman, Rock of Ages has quite a few parallels to 2007's Hairspray. There's the newcomer trying to make it in showbiz (Boneta), young romance (Boneta and Hough), a troupe of intolerant folks (led by Catherine Zeta-Jones), and of course, lots of music. Oh, and did I mention there's even more (shirtless) Tom Cruise here? I could not be more excited to see him fill Stacee Jaxx's shoes.
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If you're a fan of the Rock of Ages musical, you might find yourself cheering and clapping along with the trailer for the big-screen version of the show. If you're like me (who has never seen the show), then you might be a little more confused as to what this movie is actually about. The preview does a fine job of playing up its selling points: there's a huge cast (that features Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, and Catherine Zeta-Jones) and tons of familiar '80s rock tunes (like "Any Way You Want It" and "We're Not Gonna Take It"). Other than that, all that we can glean is that Baldwin's character owns a club and Zeta-Jones is determined to take it down.
Apparently, the real story here is about Diego Boneta's character's rise to fame, and his puppy love story with Julianne Hough. But Boneta is barely even seen in the trailer, and instead, it's mostly about Tom Cruise as a sex symbol rock star. I'm not sure this has the makings of a great film, but it did succeed in one respect: I'll most definitely be humming Journey songs for the rest of the day.
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Forget Mission: Impossible 4! Tom Cruise is already creating hype for Rock of Ages by posting this first official photo from the film on his website. The actor is sporting two '80s heavy-metal staples here — no shirt and long hair — for his role as rocker Stacee Jaxx. As for the tune he'll be belting out on the big screen, the character channels Bon Jovi for "Dead or Alive" in the musical. I can't wait to hear Cruise's pipes, regardless of how he looks, but what do you think of the first photo?
Broadway hit Rock of Ages is set to leap from stage to the screen when the movie version is released in 2012. The casting has been slowly coming together, and the lead role has finally been cast: Diego Boneta has snagged the part of Drew Boley. The relative newcomer (though 90210 and Pretty Little Liars fans will recognize him) will play the bus boy/aspiring rocker trying to get his big break in LA. Besides him, there have been other recent cast developments — check out a rundown of the actors set to star in the film, directed by Adam Shankman.
- Along with Boneta, Russell Brand is also in talks for a role, which many are speculating is that of Lonny, who narrates the movie and runs The Bourbon Room, the fictional LA club where Drew works.
- Tom Cruise is attached to the part of rock star Stacee Jaxx.
- Julianne Hough has the female lead of Sherrie Christian, the small-town girl with big dreams.
- Amy Adams recently signed on to play the journalist who is easily seduced by Jaxx, Cruise's character. UPDATE: Adams is no longer on board, and Malin Akerman has taken the role.
- Paul Giamatti will play the manager of Jaxx's band.
- Alec Baldwin is Dennis Dupree, owner of The Bourbon Room.
- Mary J. Blige will appear as Justice Charlier, proprietor of exotic dance establishment The Venus Club.
- Bryan Cranston is in talks to play the mayor of Los Angeles, and Catherine Zeta-Jones will play the his wife.
If you're a Rock of Ages fan, let me know — are you on board with these casting choices?