Julianne Hough is reportedly in final negotiations to join Tom Cruise in the film adaptation of Rock of Ages. Per Variety, Hough has earned the role of Sherrie Christian in director Adam Shankman’s (Hairspray) adaptation of the Chris D’Arienzo musical. D’Arienzo penned the script which focuses on a couple that falls in love against the musical backdrop of Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, etc. and attempts to “stay together while living the rock life.” Shankman and Justin Theroux (Iron Man 2) are currently performing rewrites on the script.
While Variety stops just short of confirming Hough’s involvement, TheWrap claims that Shankman had no such reservation with them in claiming that Hough would play the female lead in the film. As of now, the only other cast member (outside of Cruise) confirmed for Rock of Ages is recording artist Mary J. Blige in the role of Justice Charlier. The project is schedule to begin shooting on May 19th in Florida. Hough and Shankman have a working relationship that predates Rock of Ages as the director helmed Hough’s music video for her 2010 song “Is That So Wrong?”