April 11th, 2011
09:57 AM ET
Expect to see Tom Cruise wailing his way through "Rock of Ages." The actor is prepping for his role as aging, bad boy rocker Stacee Jaxx by training with Axl Rose's vocal coach.
"He's been studying with — seriously — Axl Rose's voice teacher like five hours a day," director Adam Shankman tells TheWrap. "The prognosis is more than excellent."
In fact, Shankman attended Cruise's first session and was so wowed by what he heard that the men actually high-fived.
"That was a big moment," explains Shankman. "That voice lesson where he opened up and suddenly let loose and was really great. The two of us in concert breathed a collective sigh of relief to the tune of dancing around his living room."
As Marquee previously reported, the '80s-set "Rock of Ages" tells the story of small-town girl Sherrie (Julianne Hough), who moves to Hollywood to be an actress. She takes a job at the Bourbon Room, owned by Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin), and catches the eye of Drew (Diego Gonzalez Boneta).
Drew gets Sherrie fired after she has an affair with Stacee Jaxx (Cruise), and she takes a job as a stripper at a gentleman's club owned by Justice (Mary J. Blige). Sherrie eventually gives up exotic dancing to find true love.
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