Gwyneth Paltrow Offered Role in ROCK OF AGES; Tom Cruise Also in Talks

     December 15, 2010

After appearing in Glee, playing a country singer in Country Strong and performing live at the Country Music Awards last month, Gwyneth Paltrow is about two seconds away from joining the cast of Rock of Ages. The actress has been offered a part in the big screen adaptation of the popular Broadway jukebox musical, Entertainment Weekly has learned.

“I just got the script and I will read it on the plane home tomorrow. But it sounds like it could be fun,” she said at the Country Strong premiere. Yes, and it will be fun. Not only might she end up with an equally famous co-star, I’ve also concocted a playlist of 80s tracks for her. Check it out after the jump.

We reported back in October that Tom Cruise had been offered a role in Rock of Ages, which director Adam Shankman describes as “‘Mamma Mia!’ for dudes”, and producer Jenno Topping has now confirmed that the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol star is indeed “in discussions.” And when a producer makes such declarations publicly, it may actually mean “yes, he is.” Topping also produced Paltrow’s movie Country Strong.

As for Paltrow, her career has certainly taken a musical turn this year. Her appearance in Glee was one of the highlights of the show’s season and the actress may return for a couple of more episodes in the spring: “I will probably do some more Glee episodes and maybe some more films that involve singing, but I’m not sure I would ever quit my current job and become a full-time singer. I love my day job and we already have a musician in the family”.

The musician is her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin. When I interviewed her for Iron Man back in 2008, knowing her penchant for music – she’d had a blast performing live with him and Jay-Z in London in 2006 – I asked her whether she would ever record a duet with Coldplay. She laughed and said, “No! I won’t ever sing with them. We keep it separate.”

The 80s was perhaps the last great musical decade. I’m sure Gwyneth Paltrow, who was a teen back then, would not disagree. Here’s my playlist for her, compiled on a whim:

1.    Call Me – Blondie

2.    Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

3.    Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

4.    Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar

5.    Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

6.    Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Gos’

7.    Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie (maybe a duet with Tom Cruise?)

8.    1999 – Prince

9.    People Are People – Depeche Mode

10. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

And if you still need convincing about Paltrow in a musical, check out her performance at this year’s CMAs.

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