Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin in Talks for Rock of Ages Film

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Add Russell Brand ("Bedtime Stories," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Get Him to the Greek") to the starry list of actors who are currently in discussions for the film version of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages.

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Deadline.com reports that actors now in negotiations for the film include Brand, Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise for the roles of, respectively, Lonnie, Dennis and Stacee Jax. EW.com had previously reported that Academy award winner Gwyneth Paltrow has also been offered a role in the film.

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; the movie musical 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, originally 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 at the Helen Hayes Theatre in March.

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