After circling the project for several months, Tom Cruise is closing a deal to star in the musical Rock of Ages. The film is an adaptation of the popular stage musical about 1980s rockers. According to THR, Cruise will play “Stacee Jaxx, the arrogant and charming star at the top of his career. Jaxx sings Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead of Alive” in the theater production. Adam Shankman (Hairspray) will direct from a script by Chris D’Arienzo. Mary J. Blige, Gwyneth Paltrow, Russell Brand, and Alec Baldwin are also considering roles in the film.
Production on the film is scheduled to start in May. Cruise is also being courted for for the lead in Guillermo del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness. The role will most likely require less singing than Rock of Ages.