Akerman will play the role of journalist Constance, who plans to write an expose on rocker Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise). She and Cruise will duet on the Foreigner song "I Want To Know What Love Is."
Adam Shankman will direct and choreograph the film, which, according to a previous Variety report, will begin shooting May 19 in Florida.
The film will also feature Russell Brand as Lonny, Diego González Boneta as Drew, Alec Baldwin as Dennis, Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, Julianne Hough as Sherrie Christian, Mary J. Blige as Justice, Paul Giamatti as the manager of the rock band, Bryan Cranston as The Mayor and Catherine Zeta-Jones as the wife of the mayor. The motion picture, based on the Broadway musical of the same name, will arrive in movie theatres around the country June 1, 2012.
The musical's book writer, Chris D'Arienzo, has penned the screenplay for the film with revisions by Shankman and Justin Theroux; 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 Garrett Grant, Janet Billig and Hillary Weaver.
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 reopened March 24 at the Helen Hayes Theatre.