March 4th, 2011
05:52 PM ET
Julianne Hough hasn't been kicking up her heels since leaving "Dancing with the Stars." The busy beauty is making movies, and she just landed a leading role in the big-screen adaptation of the '80s-based Broadway musical "Rock of Ages."
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hough—who appeared in "Burlesque" and will star in the upcoming "Footloose" remake—will play Sherrie, a small-town girl who moves to Hollywood with dreams of being an actress. She catches the eye of bad-boy rocker Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) but rejects him before finding her true love at the end.
Director Adam Shankman says Hough was "nothing short of a miracle" during her audition, adding, "It was a star-is-born moment."
As Marquee previously reported, Taylor Swift was originally attached to the role of Sherrie. Mary J. Blige has already signed on to play strip club owner Justice, and both Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin are being eyed for the roles Lonnie and Dennis, the manager and owner of the club where Sherrie works.
"Rock of Ages," which features the songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Twisted Sister and Pat Benatar, will begin production in May.
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