Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Trailer For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Unrated Blu-Ray Edition, Will Also Feature An Alternate Ending Watch: Trailer For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Unrated Blu-Ray Edition, Will Also Feature An Alternate Ending New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey & Jason Momoa Join Ana Lily Amirpour’s Cannibal Love Story ‘The Bad Batch’ Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey & Jason Momoa Join Ana Lily Amirpour’s Cannibal Love Story ‘The Bad Batch’ Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far 13 Cult Films About Cults 13 Cult Films About Cults The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Mary J. Blige In Talks To Join 'Rock Of Ages'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 30, 2010 at 5:09AM

Tom Cruise Apparently Still In Talks TooMary J. Blige is the latest name to join the ranks of folks mentioned in the seemingly forever developing big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Rock Of Ages."
0

Tom Cruise Apparently Still In Talks Too



Mary J. Blige is the latest name to join the ranks of folks mentioned in the seemingly forever developing big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Rock Of Ages."

So far this year Will Ferrell, Katy Perry, Seth Rogen, Taylor Swift and Tom Cruise (more on him in a second) have all been linked to the project but with nothing in the way of movement. Vulture now reports that Mary J. Blige is in talks to join the picture -- and “is all in” -- to play Justice Charlier, the owner of the Sunset Strip’s exotic dance venue the Venus Club in the story of a small town girl who meets a big city rocker and they fall in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. Though in this case "greatest" is a very loose term as the tale is powered by the music of Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett and Foreigner.

Tom Cruise, who was rumored for the film last month, is apparently still in discussions to join the film as the villain, Stacee Jaxx. But of course he's off filming "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" and wouldn't be able to get to this until spring of next year at the earliest, and as usual, he has a number of other potential projects to choose from including "Top Gun 2" and a Les Grossman-centered film.

"Rock Of Ages" was initially being planned for a summer 2011 release but obviously that is off the table and it looks like a 2012 release at the earliest. With the talent that continues to hesitate to sign on, something tells us all the pieces aren't quite there. But undoubtedly, Warner Bros. will want to get this one moving soon. With "Glee" making sing-alongs to tacky songs immensely popular, and of course, with "Rock Of Ages" being a multiple Tony award winning smash, a film adaptation has the potential to be huge.

And if Blige does sign on for this, we're not sure what that will mean for "Nina," the biopic of the legendary jazz musician/singer Nina Simone she signed on to earlier in the year. But considering it was supposed to shoot in September and nothing has happened, we presume that one ran into some development issues along the way.

We'll see how this one develops but don't be surprised if more names crop up circling the project in the next little while. Adam Shankman ("Hairspray," "Bedtime Stories") is still on board to direct.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Musicians, Rock Of Ages, Mary J. Blige


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates