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Russell Brand Officially Joins "Rock Of Ages" Cast with Mary J. Blige & More

April 17, 2011

Russell Brand has joined the cast of Warner Bros.' screen adaptation of the Broadway Musical "Rock Of Ages" for New Line Cinema. Alongside with recent castmates Queen Of R&B Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough and Paul Giamatti.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Hairspray" director Adam Shankman will direct and choreograph the film. The musical's creator, Chris D'Arienzo, wrote the screen adaptation with Shankman and Justin Theroux doing a polish.


The story revolves around two dreamers, Drew Boley (Boneta) and Sherrie Christian (Hough), who meet at the 1980s Sunset Strip Club Rock Of Ages, fall in love and try to stay together.


Brand will play a rock club owner named Lonny.


Carl Levin, Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Gibgot will produce.


The soundtrack for the musical is set to '80s Rock Anthems made popular by Journey, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and other groups.


The musical premiered in Los Angeles in 2006, was on Broadway 3 years later and recieved 5 Tony nominations.


Shooting begins May 19 in Florida with a June 1, 2012, release date set.


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