Tom Cruise to play rock star in 'Rock of Ages'

Tom-CruiseImage Credit: Todd Williamson/WireImage.comTom Cruise is bringing the ’80s back, with or without a Top Gun sequel. The actor is closing a deal to star as womanizing rocker Stacee Jaxx in Adam Shankman’s big-screen adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Rock of Ages, his rep confirms. In the stage show, the character sings Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” and is a part of other numbers including “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” He also receives a lap dance, and takes more than one punch. News of Cruise being courted for the film was first reported in October.

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  • Webster Coogan

    I know this development will get lots of hatred and “OMG, horrible casting blahblah blah” but I think Tom will surprise. At least I hope so. If he taps into the same manic, loose, comic energy he accessed to do that Grossman guy in Tropic Thunder, he could do well in Rock of Ages.

    • Lily

      Agree. I was thinking along those lines too. I bet Tom will be just great but I’m a fan of TCruise and not afraid to say so: A Few Good Men, MI1, 2 & 3, Jerry Maguire, Minority Report and The Last Samurai all rocked, far as I’m concerned.

    • Michael

      Yeah, I think he’s a great movie star, so I’m looking forward to it.

  • Bobby’s Robot

    I found the Tropic Thunder character studendously UNfunny, but as much as I dislike him, he has proven his comic chops, and (on stage anyway) it’s more of a supporting part so…

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  • Alex

    Who knows maybe he will be good. Johnny Depp amazed me in Sweeney Todd. But then Gerard Butler was so horrible in Phantom of the Opera that it became part of the many reasons I hate that movie. Could go 50/50. But then this is a rock musical of 80′s music & Tom Cruise was big in the 80′s so maybe it will be a perfect fit; you never know until he opens his mouth & sings.

    • inthenet

      He opened his mouth and sang in “Top Gun…” It wasn’t pretty.

      • Tag

        I’m with you. Cruise as Stacee Jaxx will not work. Then again, I’m not even sure “Rock of Ages” as a film will work.

    • Color Me Impressed

      I actually thought Gerard Butler kicked a$$ as the Phantom…Michael Crawford’s voice just annoys me, Butler’s was alternately strong and vulnerable, seductive and sad.

  • tcs

    Wow, what great casting. Who’s more rock n’ roll than Tom Cruise?

    • harry

      for shizzle!!!

    • Troy Soldier

      I would think that the role of Stacee Jaxx would go to someone like Kevin Bacon or Joaquin Phoenix.

  • Katie

    Dang it! I really wanted to see this movie… You won’t be able to pay me to see it if he is in it.

    • Susola

      Worst casting news since John Travolta got the part of Edna Turnblad in Hairspray!!!!

    • Betsy

      Katie, right there with ya. Boo

      • chaz

        Katie won’t let tom out of cage….. screwed

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    • Aileen

      I’m with you. I love musicals and was pumped to hear this was being made into a movie, but if he’s in it, I’m not seeing it.

      • jj

        I think Tom rocks,but then i grew-up in the 80′s….

  • tcs

    Wow, what perfect casting. Who’s more rock n’ roll than Tom Cruise?

  • googie

    Sounds interesting! I’ll see it!

  • Liz

    That freak is just desperate to try to make people forget how creepy he is.

    • harry

      he is not creepy.

      • ZRob

        Creepy.

  • darclyte

    I didn’t know rock stars could be so short. Hmm, what’s that? Prince? Well, he’s more of an R&B star, but I get it. Still, I’m betting that the female dancers will all tower over him…unless they have to try to find short dancers too. By the way, what’s a lap danc?

    • Jim

      Great Ronnie James Dio

    • TMil

      Since when does height have anything to do with it? BTW, Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is only 5’7″.

      • Pierce

        Please tell me you guys are not putting Tom Cruise in the same category as Prince, Dio, or Armstrong. Really?

    • fancypants

      Prince’s music crosses all genres. He’s not just an R&B star.

  • Susola

    Worst casting news since John Travolta cast as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray!

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  • anonymous

    Isn’t Tom a bit long in the tooth to be portraying Stacee Jaxx ?

    • anonymous

      …and short in stature. Architectually challenged.

  • Kate

    Was rather hoping that David Lee Roth would play himself, but…

  • Nick Faust

    People seem to get all wound up over Cruise because of all the personal stuff. Well, I don’t care about that. When I watch Tom Cruise in a movie I’m watching a great actor who has been fairly consistent all his career in giving great performances. Regarding the rock star character, wasn’t Cruise astonishing on the MTV Awards show when he literally assaulted the stage as Lou Grossman? Did someone here say, long in the tooth? Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but there were some pretty wild moves in that dance number, and Cruise did them, and did them as if born to the beat. I’m not a Scientologist, just a film goer, and I say Tom Cruise could probably play anything if he put his mind (and body) to it.

    • Tracey

      I agree completely.

    • Tag

      Nick, if you were least bit familiar with the play “Rock of Ages,” you would know that Tom Cruise is too old to play Stacee Jaxx.

  • del taco

    Risky Business : “Old Time Rock N Roll ”

    Cruise pulled that off
    There is hope for this new project

    • Jim

      Hate to bring up this “long in the tooth” thing, but “Risky Business” came out in 1983. And Tom didn’t have to sing the number, just dance. And he danced very well too, it was a fun number. Well I guess they could always dub a voice in!

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