The year is 1987. The place is Los Angeles. Rock music is alive, but the hard rockin’ variety of the genre is getting a little long in the tooth. Think Twisted Sister and Journey.

Times are tough for the owner of The Bourbon Room. The only thing he can do to save his club is to bring back an aging rock star to perform one more time at The Bourbon.  

If you’re a Broadway musical fan, you’ll recognize this as the story for Rock of Ages. Next month it will be released as a feature film starring some mighty big Hollywood stars, like Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones. This week, Entertainment Weekly announced that the cast will do their own singing, with Cruise tackling the Guns N’ Roses classic, “Paradise City.”

Cruise looks to be very promising in the role of Stacee Jaxx, the rock star who got his start at The Bourbon Room and is now returning as a decadent star to save Baldwin’s club.  Baldwin, as the owner of the club, looks hilarious with shoulder-length hair and a rockster beard. Zeta-Jones? She plays the troublemaker.

Why are these Hollywood stars involved in a project like this? Well, it does look like a fun romp. At least that’s what the trailer promises. The movie is slated for a June 15 release.

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posted by Jon Siddall on May 01, 2012