With a starry cast falling into place, the film adaptation of Broadway metal musical Rock of Ages has gotten a release date from producer Warner Brothers. The tuner will hit theaters on June 1, 2012, according to Variety.
The much-discussed cast of the film includes A-listers Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin in the roles of over-the-top rocker Stacee Jaxx and club owner Dennis Dupree, respectively. Dancing With the Stars champ Julianne Hough has inked a deal to play wide-eyed leading lady Sherrie, while R&B diva May J. Blige will wail as strip club owner Justice. Russell Brand has been rumored to be eyeing the role of club employee/narrator Lonny, and film darling Anne Hathaway that of a reporter eager to write an expose of the eccentric Jaxx. No word yet on who will play leading man Drew,
Adam Shankman (Hairspray) will direct the film, while a script by librettist Chris D’Arienzo has reportedly gotten a rewrite from Michael Arndt, who penned Little Miss Sunshine. According to Shankman’s Twitter feed, rehearsals for the movie musical will begin in early April, and a Sunset Strip set for the film will be constructed in Miami. As previously reported, the movie is expected to begin filming in Florida on May 19.
Rock of Ages is set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, where a small town girl (Hough) meets a big city rocker in L.A.’s most famous rock club The Bourbon Room. Their love story is told through the hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. The Broadway musical, which is re-opening on March 24 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, received five Tony nominations (including Best Musical) after opening on April 7, 2009.