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Catherine Zeta-Jones appears in a scene from the 2009 movie The Rebound. - Provided courtesy of Momentum Pictures

Catherine Zeta-Jones joins 'Rock of Ages' as 'arch-conservative' villain

04/20/2011 by Corinne Heller

Catherine Zeta-Jones has joined the cast of the anticipated musical film "Rock of Ages," which stars Tom Cruise and Russell Brand, and is set to play an "arch-conservative" villain.

"Yea, it's true!" director Adam Shankman Tweeted on Wednesday, April 20. "My darling Catherine zeta jones is joining the #rockofagesmovie cast as my new villain!"

The 41-year-old Welsh actress, who won an Oscar for her role as Velma Kelly in the 2002 musical film "Chicago," made headlines on April 13 when it was announced she had been treated for bipolar disorder in a mental health hospital. The actress has over the past year dealt with her actor-husband Michael Douglas' battle with throat cancer.

Zeta-Jones recently opened up about her mental health battle in an interview with People magazine.

"Rock of Ages" is adapted from a Broadway musical that starred "American Idol" alum Constantine Maroulis. The production incorporates '80s rock and "hair metal" songs from bands such as Twisted Sister, Damn Yankees, Whitesnake and Journey.

Zeta-Jones' character in "Rock of Ages" the movie was not featured in the musical.

"It's a character that we only really came to in the last month," Shankman told the Hollywood Reporter. "The character was invented to streamline the stories."

He described Zeta-Jones' role as "if Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant had a love child. She is this hardcore, moral majority, arch-conservative who wants to shut down rock n' roll in the great city of Los Angeles."

Tipper Gore, who split from husband Al Gore last year, raised controversy in the 1980s when she pushed for records marketed to children to carry warning labels after hearing explicit lyrics on her young daughter's Prince album. Her testimony before the Senate drew objections from musicians such Dee Snider, singer of Twisted Sister. Anita Bryant is a pop singer and gay rights opponent.

"Rock of Ages" the movie also stars Alec Baldwin, Diego Gonzalez Boneta, Paul Giamatti, "Dancing With The Stars" pro-dancer Julianne Hough and Mary J. Blige.

Hough is set to play 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.

British comedian and actor Russell Brand, who played a rock star in the film "Get Him To The Greek," was confirmed earlier this month to have joined the cast of the "Rock of Ages" movie, which will see him playing Lonny, who runs the '80s rock club The Bourbon and is also the narrator.

Shankman, who also directed the 2007 musical film "Hairspray," has said that "Rock of Ages" would be released on June 1, 2012.

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