April 15th, 2011
01:04 PM ET
It's official — after months of rumors, Russell Brand has finally joined the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages."
Director Adam Shankman broke the news about the Brit comic's latest gig via Twitter. "I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie!" he wrote. "I see a mullet in his future...maybe a Nikki Six?"
As Marquee reported in January, Brand was being eyed for the role of Lonny, who serves as the film's narrator and also runs the Bourbon Room, where much of the '80s-era story takes place. Newlywed Brand told CNN's Piers Morgan, however, that he hadn't yet committed to the project because he wanted to make sure it wouldn't interfere with his quality time with wife Katy Perry.
"We've been talking about 'Rock of Ages' for a little while, but I think we're trying to work out scheduling because, as you know, as a man who is married to a person that could often be on another continent, I need to put my marriage first," he said. "If we can work out the scheduling, then I'll do it."
Looks like they worked things out.
"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 (Tom 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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