Russell Brand joins 'Rock of Ages' cast
Russell Brand has officially signed on to star in "Rock of Ages," director Adam Shankman confirmed on Twitter.
"I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie!" Shankman wrote on Twitter. "I see a mullet in his future...maybe a Nikki Six?"
Brand will play Lonny, who runs the '80s rock club The Bourbon and is also the narrator in the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. Brand will be singing a duet of REO Speedwagon with Alec Baldwin, who signed on the play Dennis Dupree, an ex-rocker who owns the Rock of Ages nightclub and can't let go of the past.
Brand previously portrayed a rock star in the movies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek." The British comedian starred in last weekend's release of "Arthur" alongside Helen Mirren and the week before, his Easter film "Hop" opened and took the No. 1 spot at the box office.
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.
Director Adam Shankman was courting actress Amy Adams for the role of a journalist who beds Stacee Jaxx, but the actress will reportedly not be able to join the cast due to her casting in "Man of Steel," Deadline.com reported. The role was originally offered to Anne Hathaway, who turned it down because of her prior commitment to "The Dark Knight Rises," portraying Catwoman.
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 numbers including Foreigner's "I Wanna Know What Love Is." 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.