Producers Launch Online Search for Role of Drew in Rock of Ages Film

News   Producers Launch Online Search for Role of Drew in Rock of Ages Film
 
Producers of the upcoming Warner Bros./New Line feature film Rock of Ages, based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, have launched an online search for an actor to play the role of Drew, the part created on Broadway by "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis.

The actor playing the role "must play 18-25 years old," according to www.rockofagesmoviecasting.com. The role of Drew Boley is described as such: "In his early 20s, super handsome leading man looks and a nice guy, despite the tough-guy duds, Drew is an aspiring rocker, a talented singer/guitarist who's already working with a band. Immediately smitten by the lovely and naive, yet talented Sherrie, he's currently working behind the scenes at the legendary Bourbon Room, stoked when he finally gets a chance to open for a major star. Later, a mortified Drew is signed by a manager who insists on turning him into the next homogenized teeny bopper."

As previously reported, the movie musical will 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. Visit RockofAgesMusical.

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