by Patrick Hester
Over the last few months, rumors have been swirling over Tom Cruise’s involvement with the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Rock of Ages." Last October, MTV reported Cruise’s interest in the New Line Cinema production, only feeding the curiosity of many "Ages" fans who thought he’d fit the role. Come on, Tom Cruise singing and dancing is always entertaining to watch. Have we not seen "Risky Business?" Do we not remember Les Grossman?
Well, looks like the good people of Hollywood certainly remember both of those turns. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Cruise is now in final negotiations to co-star in the adaptation of the hit musical about 1980s rockers.
The character Cruise is expected to play is Stacee Jaxx, an egotistical and appealing star at the height of his career. Jaxx sings Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead of Alive" in the theater production and is expected to do so in the film adaptation directed by Adam Shankman.
Cruise is no stranger to the musical side of this business, of course. The actor’s infamous Les Grossman dance at last year’s MTV Movie Awards has been a mega viral hit with fans, a glorious moment that likely prompted the announced spin-off based on his over-the-top "Tropic Thunder" character. And I’m sure you haven't forgotten his couch jumping antics on Oprah. Let's face it, the man has some moves!
With names like Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand circling big roles in the film, and Tobey Maguire’s entertainment company producing the film, it’s no wonder Cruise would want to jump on board -- and we're certainly happy to have him!
Meanwhile, Deadline reports that future Oscar host Anne Hathaway is the studio's choice to star as an uptight journalist hellbent on destroying Jaxx's career -- but instead, she ends up falling for the rocker, and the two have a heated bedroom encounter while singing Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is." But Hathaway's involvement is contingent upon whether or not she can fit "Rock of Ages" into her "The Dark Knight Rises" shooting schedule, as the two films are entering production around the same time.
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