An early look at 'Rock of Ages,' with Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise
"Rock of Ages," the new movie based on the hit Broadway musical, promises a blast of '80s nostalgia in the form of hair-metal band favorites by such acts as Journey, Pat Benatar, Styx, Twisted Sister and Bon Jovi.
The movie, directed by Adam Shankman, is scheduled to be released in June. Warner Bros. has released the film's first trailer, which you can watch below. Set in L.A. in 1987 -- and filmed mostly in Florida -- the movie follows an aspiring rocker (Diego Boneta) as he finds his way in the competitive music scene of the Sunset Strip.
The all-star supporting cast includes Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige and Tom Cruise as rock star Stacee Jaxx.
"Rock of Ages" opened on Broadway in 2009 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and later transferred to the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it is still running. The musical, written by Chris D'Arienzo and directed by Kristin Hanggi, had its beginnings in Los Angeles before making its way to New York. The musical has toured the country and is scheduled to return to the Pantages in March.
The Broadway and national touring productions starred "American Idol" alumnus Constantine Maroulis, who has a cameo role in the movie.
-- David Ng
Photo: Tom Cruise in the film version of "Rock of Ages." Credit: David James / Warner Bros.