Catherine Zeta-Jones boards ‘Rock of Ages’

Catherine Zeta-Jones is in final talks to join the cast of Warner Bros.’ screen adaptation of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” for New Line Cinema.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Hairspray” director Adam Shankman will direct and choreograph the film.

The cast includes Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Paul Giamatti and Russell Brand.

The musical’s creator, Chris D’Arienzo, wrote the screen adaptation with Shankman and Justin Theroux doing a polish.

The story revolves around two dreamers, Drew Boley (Boneta) and Sherrie Christian (Hough), who meet at the 1980s Sunset Strip club Rock of Ages, fall in love and try to stay together.

Zeta-Jones will play the villain of the film; a conservative local politician crusading against rock music. The part was not in the original musical and was created specifically for the screen version.

Carl Levin, Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Gibgot will produce.

The soundtrack for the musical is set to ’80s rock anthems made popular by Journey, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and other groups.

The musical premiered in Los Angeles in 2006, was on Broadway three years later and received five Tony nominations.

Shooting begins May 19 in Florida with a June 1, 2012, release date set. Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.

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