Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, and Julianne Hough have spent recent weeks negotiating with New Line to star in Rock of Ages. Director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) has confirmed their involvement via Twitter. Shankman also promises “more to come,” which may address the rumored involvement of Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Russell Brand.
Justin Theroux (Iron Man 2) is currently polishing the script written by Allan Loeb (The Switch) based on the Broadway musical about a small town girl (Hough) who falls in love with a rocker in the fictionally famous LA rock club, The Bourbon Club. Set in 1987, the stage show is fueled by the hair metal of the era, including songs by Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagan, Pat Benatar, and Twisted Sister.