Grammy Winner Mary J. Blige Will Join Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages Film

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Grammy winner Mary J. Blige will play the role of Justice Charlier — created on Broadway by Michele Mais — in New Line's film version of the acclaimed musical Rock of Ages, according to Showbiz411.com.

Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige

As previously reported, the movie musical will also feature Academy Award nominee Tom Cruise in the role of rock singer Stacee Jaxx. Actors Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand are also being courted for the film. Filming will begin in May.

Adam Shankman, who directed and choreographed the film adaptation of Hairspray, will direct Rock of Ages' big-screen premiere.

The musical's book writer, Chris D'Arienzo, has penned the screenplay for the film  with Michael Arndt; it will be produced by Rock of Ages Broadway producers Carl Levin, Matthew Weaver and Scott Prisand, with Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Gibgot. Executive producers are Janet Billig and Hillary Weaver, who are also producers of the Broadway production.

Rock of Ages, which uses hits from the 1980s as its score, premiered Off-Broadway at New World Stages in October 2008. The musical transferred to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway in March 2009, earning five Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Direction, and Best Actor for Constantine Maroulis. The production will reopen March 24 at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

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