If you thought the death of the American musical was upon us, think again. With more musicals being adapted into films, and more films being adapted into musicals, the glitz and glam of Broadway characters dancing and singing their way into our hearts continues to stand strong.
Yesterday, director Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Step Up) released the first trailer for the long awaited film adaptation of the hit Broadway rock musical, Rock of Ages. It’s loud, it’s colorful, and it’s a lot of fun. The film is jammed packed with a lot of A-list actors, many of whom are dressed in bright, tight clothing, and big ridiculous wigs (we’re pretty sure that’s Russell Brand’s real hair). The film stars Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough,Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Malin Ankerman and Bryan Cranston.
For those people who aren’t familiar with the show, take a closer look at the plot line before criticizing Cruise for playing Stacee Jax – the rock star who has women falling for him left and right. In the story Stacee Jax is a borderline has-been who doesn’t realize that his rock career ended a while ago. So casting Cruise in the role makes a lot of sense, even if it doesn’t seem that way to most.
MTV got a chance to sit down with director, Adam Shankman, who told them, Tom Cruise kills it. Could we expect any less of Cruise :
“I’ve never met anybody on any movie I’ve ever worked on, including as choreographer, so we’re into 70 some odd movies now, that had more fun than Tom. I think Tom was just like a kid in a candy store because no one had ever asked him to do anything like this before and what Tom Cruise loves to do are challenges and obstacles, he loves learning new things, he loves to work,” Shankman said. “He showed up early every day, he was so present, it was amazing.”
There, so back off all you Tom Cruise haters! The movie won’t be for everyone, that’s for sure, but this film could appeal to a wider range of people due the loaded cast list, the time period, and the super fun storyline. Rock of Ages hits theaters June 1, 2012.
Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts.
‘Rock of Ages’ Movie Trailer: