Adam Shankman has tweeted that he got Russell Brand to play Lonny in the New Line musical Rock of Ages. But Shankman’s pursuit of Amy Adams didn’t work out. He wanted her to play the role of the journalist who duets and then beds down with Tom Cruise’s decadent rock star character Stacee Jaxx, but Adams’ schedule was complicated by landing the Lois Lane role in the Superman film Man of Steel. Shankman’s still looking.
Brand’s casting was first disclosed by Deadline on Jan. 20. He’ll play Lonny, who runs the ’80s rock club The Bourbon for owner Dennis (Alec Baldwin). Brand and Baldwin get to sing a rousing version of the REO Speedwagon tune Can’t Fight This Feeling. Brand previously worked with Shankman in Bedtime Stories. Rock of Ages stars Diego Gonzalez Boneta, Julianne Hough, Cruise, Baldwin, Mary J. Blige and Paul Giamatti. Pretty good cast for an ’80s homage that started off-Broadway and then caught on when it moved to Broadway. Brand just opened in Hop and Arthur.