R&B singer Mary J. Blige is in talks to star in the screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Adam Shankman (Hairspray) will direct and choreograph the film, which takes place in 1987 on the Sunset Strip: “a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s.” In case you were wondering, the greatest songs of the 1980s were recorded by the likes of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, and Poison.
Talks with Tom Cruise to join the cast are ongoing. Hit the jump for the official synopsis of the musical, and a bit of info on which roles Blige and Cruise will play.
Here’s the synopsis:
In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It’s ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more.
According to Vulture, Blige is in line to play Justice Charlier, “the owner of the Sunset Strip’s exotic dance venue the Venus Club.” Cruise was initially in talks for the role of Bourbon Room owner Dennis Dupree, but is reportedly now drawn to the villainy of rock singer Stacee Jaxx. Pictured, right, with MiG Ayesa’s face. (Pictured, in my head, with Tom Cruise’s face. Glorious.)
Following a handful of TV guest spots, Blige featured in the 2009 Tyler Perry film I Can Do Bad All by Myself. The Grammy winner was recently tapped to headline the Nina Simone biopic Nina.