EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Adam Shankman is heavily courting Oscar-nominated The Fighter star Amy Adams to join Rock of Ages, playing the journalist who falls into a bedroom romp with Tom Cruise’s decadent rock star character, Stacee Jax. This is the role that Shankman offered to Anne Hathaway, but her schedule playing Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises got in the way. Adams was given a new draft of the script by Shankman. She would play an uptight journalist who intends to eviscerate Stacee Jax with an expose. A seduction ensues instead, and after they duet to the Foreigner song I Want To Know What Love Is, nature takes its course.

It might be an interesting opportunity for Adams to belt out 80s tune-age as she continues her quest to star in a biopic of iconic 60s singer Janis Joplin. Adams also sings in the upcoming Disney film The Muppets. For what started as a small off-Broadway stage musical, Rock of Ages has turned into a happening film to be part of, and one that Warner Bros just set for a June 1, 2012 summer release. Shankman and New Line have locked Cruise (who also belts out Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead Or Alive), Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand in key roles, and Julianne Hough in the young female lead. He has been testing male leads, with an open call set in Burbank on Saturday. We should know by early next week if Shankman’s courtship of Adams leads to a deal, but Deadline wanted to beat his itchy Twitter finger.