Paul Giamatti is a utility guy -- you can do pretty much anything with him. The sad sack character actor and occasional lead has been many things in his movie career: Army Sergeant, ape, boxing manager, hit man, Santa Claus, President of the United States and at least two or three sad writers.
Now we can add "singer" to that repertoire.
Oh yes, Giamatti can sing, he's actually done it before in a smooth karaoke jam with Andre Braugher for 2000's "Duets." Now, as if he wasn't already legendary enough, he's hitting the big leagues playing opposite Tom Cruise in Adam Shankman's "Rock of Ages."
THR reports that Giamatti is in talks to play a slick L.A. music exec named Paul Gill (at least they won't have to change his monogrammed cufflinks) in the movie of the Broadway musical. Also being courted for a role is three-time Academy Award-nominee Amy Adams ("The Fighter") who is up for playing reporter Constance Sack, who wants to interview Cruise's rocker Stacee Jax, according to Deadline.
Anne Hathaway was previously rumored for Constance, but Adams is more than a match as she showed off her pipes in both "Enchanted" and this Christmas's "The Muppets." She will play opposite Cruise during the film's showstopping centerpiece when he sings Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive."
This is not Adams' first foray into hair metal, as she previously imitated Tawny Kitaen from the video to Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" on a barroom table for Will Ferrell in "Talladega Nights."