Catherine Zeta-Jones to Play Villain in ROCK OF AGES

     April 20, 2011

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Catherine Zeta-Jones scored an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in 2002’s Chicago and now it looks like she’ll be making a return to the musical genre.  THR reports that Zeta-Jones has joined Adam Shankman’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages.  Zeta-Jones will play the film’s villain, a character who isn’t in the Broadway version, but is described by Shankman 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.”  Shankman says the character was devised as a way to streamline various storylines.

Zeta-Jones, who has been absent from screens the past several years, is a welcome addition to the cast since she can hit the trifecta of acting, singing, and dancing.  She also recently joined Lay the Favorite starring Bruce Willis and Rebecca Hall, as well as the comedy Playing the Field starring Gerard Butler.  Rock of Ages‘s cast includes an interesting mix of famous faces (Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand) as well as up-and-comers Diego Gonzalez Boneta and Julianne Hough.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Rock of Ages, which is set to open on June 1, 2012.

Here’s how THR describes the plot for Rock of Ages:

Ages tells the story, replete with hair-band music, of a small-town girl (Hough) who comes to Hollywood for the 1980s music scene and is nearly destroyed by it. Although she falls for a budding musician named Drew (Boneta), she also catches the eye of Stacee Jaxx (Cruise), an arrogant rocker at the height of his career, ends up as a stripper in a club run by Blige but also finds true love at the end.

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