Tom Cruise shows a new hard rocking side of himself in New Line Cinema’s June 15 release Rock Of Ages. The film version of the stage musical tells the story of the music scene on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s through hit songs of the period by Bon Jovi, Journey, Def Leppard, Poison, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and more. Cruise is not the only film star displaying rock moves; the cast includes Russell Brand (who played rock god Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek), Malin Akerman, Paul Giamatti, Alex Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones (she already showed her singing chops in the best picture Oscar winner Chicago). The Rock Of Ages soundtrack drops June 5 from WaterTower Music. Rock Of Ages also co-stars and features musical performances from Julianne hough, Diego Boneta and Mary J. Blige. Cruise plays hair band icon Stacee Jaxx and according to Deadline’s Mike Fleming, he”crushes” the role, belting out Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City.” Cruise also duets with Akerman on Foreigner’s power ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and with Hough on The Scorpions’ “Rock You Like A Hurricane.”
Adam Shankman directs from a screenplay by Justin Theroux and Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb, based on D’Arienzo’s musical. Rock Of Ages is produced by Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Grant and Jennifer Gibgot, with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown, Hillary Butorac Weaver, Janet Billig Rich, Shankman and D’Arienzo serving as executive producers.