Bryan Cranston Lands Role in Rock of Ages Movie

News   Bryan Cranston Lands Role in Rock of Ages Movie
Bryan Cranston, a three-time Emmy Award winner for his work in "Breaking Bad," will be seen in the Warner Bros./New Line feature film Rock of Ages.

Adam Shankman, who will direct and choreograph the film, tweeted that Cranston will play the role of the mayor. As previously reported,  the mayor's wife will be played by Tony and Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Filming, according to a previous Variety report, will begin 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 and Paul Giamatti as the manager of the rock band. 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. Visit RockofAgesMusical.

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