“Rock of Ages,” the Broadway musical that feels sort of like a karaoke night filled with ’80s rock ballads, is headed for the big screen. Some insanely huge names are attached to the fledgling movie: Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, and Mary J. Blige are all rumored to be in talks for roles. When I first read this news, I was concerned that they’d make Tom and Gwyneth the leads, which wouldn’t make any sense because the story is about two fresh-out-of-school kids who move to L.A. to become rock stars and end up working in a seedy bar. But, phew, they are being talked to about supporting roles.
Tom is rumored to be up for the role of Stacee Jaxx, an aging rock star who causes trouble at the bar. Alec Baldwin will be one of his fellow over-the-hill musicians. Mary J. Blige is rumored to be the bar den mother, a la Cher in “Burlesque.” And Gwyneth—well, no one seems to have any idea on who she’ll be playing. But at least we now that she can sing.
Will you be seeing “Rock of Ages” when it opens? Which will be, uh, years from now?