Alec Baldwin drops out of 'Rock of Ages' cast, report says
Alec Baldwin has dropped out of the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway hit "Rock of Ages," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Baldwin was reportedly set to play Dennis Dupree, the owner of the Sunset Boulevard nightclub that is at the center of the film, which stars Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston and Malin Ackerman.
However, the industry paper cites sources close to the project that claim the actor has decided not to do the film after all. The actor was set to sing a duet of REO Speedwagon with Russell Brand, and who was cast as Lonny, the character that runs the '80s rock club and is also the narrator in the film adaptation.
Baldwin and the film's director, Adam Shankman, have not commented on the reports.
Shankman first broke the news of Baldwin's casting back in March on his official Twitter page. "Based on info I got today," Shankman wrote on the microblogging site. "I'm gonna confirm Alec Baldwin as Dennis in 'Rock Of Ages.' Hollah."
Earlier it was announced that "Breaking Bad" actor Bryan Cranston had signed on to play the mayor of Los Angeles.
It was announced in April that Catherine Zeta-Jones had joined the cast as an "arch-conservative" villain.
In March, it was announced that Paul Giamatti had signed on to play the manager of the rock band headed by Tom Cruise's Stacee Jaxx character.
Shankman, who also directed the musical film re-make of "Hairspray," announced on his Twitter on Wednesday that "Rock of Ages" would be released on June 1, 2012 and that rehearsals will start in two weeks. The Twitter-happy director also announced Baldwin's inclusion in the cast on the micro-blogging social network site.
It was previously announced that "Dancing With the Stars" professional Julianne Hough would play opposite Cruise as Sherrie, a small-town girl who catches the eye of Cruise's character Stacee Jaxx, a rock star at the top of his career. Hough may also be seen in some provocative outfits since the character of Sherrie becomes a stripper.
The film will be based off the hit Broadway musical which featured classic 80s hair rock hits from bands like Journey, Bon Jovi, and Twisted Sister. Cruise's character is expected to sing Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive." His character is also a part of other several other musical numbers . The Broadway musical starred "American Idol" alum Constantine Maroulis.
The film is slated to begin shooting in May. Mary J. Blige has also signed on to the project to play a character named Justice.