Exclusive: Gwyneth Paltrow offered role, Tom Cruise in talks for 'Rock of Ages'

Gwyneth-PaltrowImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosEW has learned exclusively that Gwyneth Paltrow has been offered a role in Rock of Ages, the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the Broadway jukebox musical, to be directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray). “It sounds cool,” she told EW on the red carpet at the Country Strong premiere. “I just got the script and I will read it on the plane home tomorrow. But it sounds like it could be fun.” Ages, set in Los Angeles, follows a young couple whose story is told through ’80s rock hits. Producer Jenno Topping (who is producing both Ages and Country Strong) also confirms to EW that Tom Cruise is “in discussions” for a role in the film. “It’s real,” the producer said. “Although, it is not cemented.”

Rock of Ages is not the only project in contention for Paltrow-the-singer. “[Country Strong co-star Tim McGraw] keeps joking that I should go on the road as his opening act. And I keep saying, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s make it happen.’ I don’t know about a whole tour but maybe a string of nights could be fun,” she says. “I will probably do some more Glee episodes and maybe some more films that involve singing, but I’m not sure I would ever quit my current job and become a full-time singer. I love my day job and we already have a musician in the family.” (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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  • HD

    Uh…she’s not a singer. Maybe in today’s world of auto-tuned deafness but she needs to stick to acting because her weakest moments in Glee was in fact the singing.

    • HD

      And people really need to stop lying to her that she’s some great musician or untapped singer. Cause she ain’t.

    • Tye-Grr

      She sings just fine. In fact, she’s better than most of these so-called “singers” on the charts right now. But I agree, she shouldn’t quit her day job over it.

    • Me

      um.. Not sure I would have pulled the auto-tuning card on this one dude.

      • Bob

        Why not? She uses it, just like everyone on Glee, pop radio, country radio, etc. Doesn’t matter if you can sing anymore, it’s all about the look. If you got the look that will sell, then they can make you sing.


    • Steph

      A few weeks ago they played a new song on the radio… I was kind of pissed because I thought grrrreeeeaaattt, now they’re giving Justin Bieber airplay on my regular station… I was shocked when they announced it was Gwyneth’s song from Glee. I don’t watch Glee, and I could have sworn it was some pre-pubescent teenage boy singing and not a middle aged woman.

    • Michael Crimmins

      Better than Taylor Swift… just saying

  • Kim

    Who would she even play in that show?

    • dally

      Exactly my thoughts! The female lead needs to be early 20s.

      And no Cruise in the movie either, please!!!!

      • J.A.

        I can’t imagine what role she would play. Lead is 15-20 years younger. Hippie Chick is all wrong. Owner of strip club is ‘woman of size’. Who in the heck could she be?

      • dee


  • ethan

    I concur with the pevious comments.
    She’s a good actress who can carry a few notes. But a recording career ain’t in the cards; sorry.

    • Lucy

      you know, she’s trying her hand at a music career, but does she ever back her husband up? they’re never seen together. and at a awards show, she introduced another band, not Cold Play. I find her snobbish!


    Paltrow is awesome! I gush whenever she is on screen, she is radiant. Her new role as a singer is just icing on an already delicious cake.

    • sarah d

      Whatnow? You ‘gush’? Is this sarcasm? It doesn’t look like sarcasm. I’m just going to go with sarcasm.

      • REASON

        no sarcasm at all. I would also like to point out that I much prefer the casting of good actors with pleasant voices in musicals rather than good singers who can’t act.

  • Lisa

    She is so incredibly unlikeable! A more smug Anne Hathaway

    • PJ

      Oh now, I’m sure you’re pretty too.

    • Tye-Grr

      I love her. And Anne Hathaway for that matter.

      • Melissa

        me too!

        I do not understand all the hate. They probably asked her about it and that was her response. No big deal.

  • TorontoTom

    She’s like butter…

    • Tye-Grr

      Good on toast?

  • Raine

    Those stating she is not a great singer may be right about her not becoming a recording artist. However, she is a great performer. And in the cinematic medium that can go a long way. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are not great singers but were amazing in Sweeney Todd–and that’s SONDHEIM. Same can apply to Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge.
    Using Paltrow in the right role will work. She is not a great singer, but she shined on Glee because the camera loves her charisma and she was able to carry a censored version of “Fuck You” and make it almost as fun as the original. She can sing in what amounts to a jukebox musical (like an episode of Glee) just fine.

  • Tom

    I could deal with GP, but are we gonna be subjected to cruise dancing around in his underwear trying to remind America of the moves that made him normal?

  • Jason

    Anyone else think she sounds like a young Michael Jackson in her version of “Forget You”. To me that song sound like the JAckson Five when she sings it.

  • Anna

    Tom Cruise=no

  • dee

    C’mon give us a break, Gwyneth? Tom? Please don’t.

  • Jesse

    Gwyneth and Tom Cruise? It’s like the opening to Austin Powers: Goldmember all over again! Yeah, Baby!

  • Chelsea

    Surely, Cruise and Paltrow aren’t being cast as Drew and Sherrie? If so, well casting directors, you’re only casting 20-30 years too old! No biggie!

  • Kim

    Can’t they find younger talent? Having seen the Musical, it seems if these two are cast they cannot possibly be the main characters. But yea, Cruise? No thanks.

  • Heather

    Most people sing better than Taylor Swift. Gwyneth is ok.

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