Julianne Hough joins Tom Cruise in 'Rock of Ages'
March 4th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

Julianne Hough joins Tom Cruise in 'Rock of Ages'

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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  4. jeff

    Julianne Hough is one of the hottest women on the planet!!

    April 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Moe Smith

    no boobs showing? who cares.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. j thomas

    Whatever for the roles already signed, but they bet be casting Constantine as Drew.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sunnysout

    This just sounds like a bad movie- What the hell is wrong with Tom Cruise and his movie choices lately? Just finish MI4 already and save your career!

    March 7, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. JoeJoe9

    I love her cute little wrinkle on the side of her nose when she smiles.

    March 7, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shoooo

    I just let a stinker. It stinks. Shooo : ]

    March 7, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hammer

    The current Broadway Sherry is way prettier and more talented than the country singer dancer. She should stick to dancing and the the pros do the work.

    March 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hammer

    Rock of Ages is a Broadway Musicial. Maybe they should consider dubbing for Cruise's voice. It is tough enough to get the public to see a movie musical, but when you have a non-singer it makes it even worse. The same goes for Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin.

    March 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vince

    I have to wonder...why all the Tom Cruise hate? I mean...jumping on the couch? That's the make-or-break of it? I mean I've heard of hating someone because they killed off thousands of his own people, because they beat their wife and kids, because they were driving drunk and paralyzed someone, or even because they I don't know, stole something from you...but the guy jumps on a couch on a daytime show, granted maybe kind of goofy but who actually cares, and you hate him?

    Well since you all are prim and proper, never breaking out of the appropriate and polite and normal character set forth by, well whoever created the norms for public display, then I guess...oh wait, you're talking trash about an actor on the internet and basing it all on his religion and five seconds on Oprah.


    March 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Its because people have become shallow and hateful hidden behind their computers. Who cares what actor believes in or their political views. I watch a movie then I move on.

      March 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Vince

      Trolls have nothing better to do. Bitter people have nothing better to do. That's just how it is... move on.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sailor

    Gawd this just sounds bloody horrible, not just Tom Cruise, but everything, especially unrelated vanilla music being adapted to a musical that has been done NUMEROUS times

    March 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. volu

    A lot of fans don't know that Tom Cruise is a better dancer than he is an actor. But that's not saying much.

    March 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RoadNurse

    It's called Rock of Ages but no music by Def Leopard?

    March 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. young_voter

    It's obvious that Julianne Hough has to pass an audition and the role was just "given" to Cruise because he owns a studio. It could happen that Cruise will win the Academy Award with this role. But his chances of winning is just as high as Charlie Sheen staying clean.

    March 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. NoGr8rH8r

    The only thing coming loose in the Footloose remake is Tom Cruise's adult diaper!

    March 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  18. NoGr8rH8r

    There's no shortage of Hotties in Hollywood but apparently they're lacking good ideas. Can't we get some original entertainment and not another prequel, sequel, remake or re-imagining ? Plus, what the hell is Tom Cruise doing in the Footloose remake? The guy's like 50 yrs old !!! SAD.

    March 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Fiezer

    I wonder which drug is more powerful – Charlie Sheen or Tom Cruise? I know that one will make you jump on couches.

    March 6, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  20. pointless1

    Beautiful Vixen – it's more than just spelling.. 😉

    March 6, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  21. Beautiful Vixen

    Weird..lol. sorry have to correct myself before the spelling police come patrolling

    March 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Beautiful Vixen

    I don't hate him. I used to like him but he seem to have gotten all weired out in the past few years..lol. For some strange reason I see him more as a puppet master to his wife/previous wives behind closed doors. Something is not right with him. I won't be surprised that he tops Charlie Sheen. He most likely make Charlis Sheen look like a p.u.-.$.y if his (Tom C.) dirt gets out. Sorry I'm not saying to be hateful.

    March 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Superhiro

    Lol look at all the Cruise hate. Geez, so he has a different religion than you, who cares. Chances are your religion is just as wacky as his.

    March 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Beautiful Vixen


    March 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Beautiful Vixen

    Don't care for Tom. Don't know what it is but he seems uptight, fake or something. His wife is a want to be jackie kenney and looks like she walks on egg shells around him.

    March 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Argle Bargle

    Who's Tom Cruise?

    March 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Kathy

    This is the most mis-cast Tom Cruise has been since Interview With The Vampire. He ruined that film by being a dark little toad w/a wig. Lestat was supposed to be tall, blond and beautiful. I've seen Rock of Ages several times and Stacy Jaxx while not a spring chicken is not an old short 45 year old. He's still supposed to be a rock star, who has such an ego he's leaving his band in the dust. Leaving the band is a mistake. That's why he ends up failing. He's SUPPOSED to be an attractive rogue, albeit a drunk attractive rogue. The fact that they're considering Russell Brand for Lonnie shows me whoever is casting this thing has no idea what they're doing. If Tom Cruise HAS to be in the film he actually should be playing Lonnie. Russell should be playing Stacy. There is no way on earth I will go see a movie of a show I loved cast this hideously.

    March 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • r

      Lestat should have been Rutger Hauer.

      March 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl

      Tom has made millions by being cast in movies that the general public pay to see, time and time again. Yet you are suddenly the expert on who should be cast in every production? Go back to your double wide trailer and fry something – I'm sure your shift at the supermarket starts soon.

      March 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  28. tofu

    "She catches the eye of bad-boy rocker Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) but rejects him before finding her true love at the end." Charlie Sheen maybe cast as the true love.

    March 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  29. r

    Ryan, save your woman now!

    March 5, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  30. hannah01

    Why in the world would Tom Cruise be cast in 'Rock of Ages???" He must be financing it. No other reason to cast this 'has been' in this musical. It's evident he's already had 'work done'...he's gonna need more before making this movie. I cannot think of any good reason to cast that old fart opposite Julianne other than pure ego...of which he has plenty.

    March 5, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  31. Ernie

    Julianne Hough will be great, Taylor Swift may have made a huge mistake. Julianne Hough has all the tools look for her to get a lot of attention. Julianne Hough has two thing that Taylor Swift doesn't have, Julianne Hough can sing and act where Taylor Swift can only sing. If an actor can Sing, Act, and Dance they will have the edge. Julianne Hough has all three. A lot of the greatest stars in Hollywood had to Sing, Act and Dance in order to make a good living. Julianne Hough is going to do very well.

    March 5, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Aussie

      LoL , yes poor Taylor Swift woe is she.
      Let Tom alone remember him sliding into to lounge on wooden floor miming with a hair brush, born for this role !!

      March 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  32. Jade

    Cruise? Really? For this role? You can't be serious.

    March 5, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  33. erkg

    After seeing it on Broadway this sounds like a horrible attempt to bring it to the big screen – can't imagine Tom Cruise in any of the roles and to preserve the good memories of the BW show, think I'll pass on this.

    March 5, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  34. Adam

    Tom Cruise? I like Tom Cruise, but wasn't he in the original? LOL.

    March 5, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  35. Kay

    Can Tom Cruise even sing? What a terrible casting decision. Guess you can add this one to the 'failed musicals movies' pile. Might just kill off the genre again. The fact they'd even consider Taylor Swift shows how awful this is going to be.

    March 5, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  36. InternetSpy

    Howard Stern fan attcaksSTONE & Digital Dave on the Air!


    March 5, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  37. arnold ziffle

    @Steve, if you think "all religions are make-believe", you've got a big surprise coming when you kick the bucket. You can join Mr. Cruise in the "smoking section". Scientology is a cult!

    March 5, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      By definition, EVERY religion is a cult:

      Definition of CULT (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cult)
      1: formal religious veneration :
      2: a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also : its body of adherents

      March 5, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • JoeB

      Keep drinking that kool-aid Arnold. I love how all Christians, and yes I know you are one just by your lack of respect for someone else's religion, is based on Mithraism, which existed before Jesus and Christianity and contained many, many of the same core beliefs (virgin birth, 12 disciples, rose from the dead, etc.)

      March 5, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • @ JoeB

      Any valid points you made with your comment were nullified when you said "ALL." That's like Chris Tucker saying "ALL Y'ALL LOOK ALIKE" minus the "humor" in "stupid humor". Keep generalizing, NooB.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  38. Bookenz

    After Knight and Day, I never want to see anymore Tom Cruise movies.

    March 5, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  39. Rainman

    Like Adam Sandler with his predilection for younger co-stars, Cruise just gets creepier and creepier.

    March 5, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  40. Jay

    Ugh. Ruined at the start with the casting of Tom Cruise, MISCAST as the bad-boy rocker. Is this a comedy then? It should be quite laughable. A shame because the rest of the cast sounds good. Way to ruin your movie Shankman.

    March 5, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • C H

      You should look into the plot of the film a little better. Tom will be playing an older washed up rocker that she has a thing with before realizing she's in love with the young rocker protagonist.

      March 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  41. D

    Even if Katie and Tom don't work out...she's still set for life in spousal and child support...but with her being an actor this is probably not going to cause a rift...they are pretty private with their life...

    March 5, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Katie will never be able to leave Tom because she knows she would lose her daughter if she did. Look what happened to Nicole and her relationship with her adopted kids with Tom. Seems Tom and his cult control or brainwash the kids, Katie would end up like Nicole, rarely seeing Suri. Katie better hope Tom doesn't want out like he did with Nicole, it would be the same situation.

      March 5, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Brenna

      So ... this article is about Juliana Hough joining the cast with Tom Cruise and you launch into Tom's personal life and whether or not his marriage will survive? Stay on topic.

      March 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Suck it, Brenna, I can talk about what I want on a blog-you get off the topic.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  42. D

    I'd do Tom Cruise

    March 5, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  43. johnA.EvansIII

    Havent seen TOM CRUISE IN anything in a while I hope the best for the guy GOOD LUCK TOM

    March 5, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  44. Marty Scorse

    More news flash..Tom Cruise is an actor.

    March 5, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  45. mark in nyc

    will this be his new beard???????

    March 4, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Magan Sox

    Wow Did Julian convert to a the cult? Starring with Tom is a career killer. Just ask his wife.

    March 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • hkglh

      You mean the wife that is quite busy acting in "The Kennedys" and other projects, beside being the new face of Anne Taylor? Or are you referring to his ex-wife Nicole Kidman. Yes, both women are clearly suffering in their careers because of him.

      March 5, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  47. Jason Glugla

    Katie Holmes better start watching out, Tommy might be looking for the latest upgrade.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  48. arnold ziffle

    Tom Cruise? are you still here? after jumping on Oprah's couch you still get attention? oh go away, you frontman for a false religion created by a DEAD science fiction writer even John Travolta is a better actor than you! and he's one of your own!.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Deanna G

    Is Tom Cruise going to sing and dance? Sounds like a horror remake.

    March 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thanks A Lot American Idol

      Karaoke and/or song and dance has killed Original Music.

      til we get revenge like Nirvana did in '92...

      March 7, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  50. vocecita

    isn't she too young for tom cruise? or better isn't tom cruise to old for this movie??

    March 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • DV

      Stacey Jaxx is an aging, washed up rocker.

      March 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Huston

      Wow ! Working with Tom Cruise.Whats her next step up ? A spot on Celebrity Rehab.

      March 5, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      Tom Cruise is WAY too old for this movie, this will make for one horrid and creepy movie.

      March 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Seems like she's famous for making remakes...

      March 6, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Maria39vitale

      Give Tom Cruise a brake and for juliann a Hough a terrific applause for gutsy spirit her great talents her singing her dancing and performing is in her blood goo......... girl By the way I'm biassed Tom flies the same airplane my hubby flies a marchetti!

      March 6, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      yes, tom cruise is to old for this role. Staci is a guy in his late 20 early 30s. Tom cruise would be better fit as the owner of the bar instead

      March 6, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Huston is a failure

      Next stop for you? The same place you are today... NOWHERE.

      Your life just flatlined... time to quit.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |

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