Trailered – “Rock of Ages”

It’s almost as though Hollywood has found a way to dig through my brain and stealth-target their product at me:  A musical (well, okay) based around 80’s hair bands (oh, hell yes) starring Tom Cruise (Get out of my head, Hollywood!).

Well, where else are you going to set this movie?

Warner Brothers and New Line posted the trailer for their adaptation of the Broadway musical, “Rock of Ages” today and it seems as though I’ll be going to see a musical in 2012 – who knew?

That's Tom Cruise, as rocker Stacee Jaxx, hair extensions akimbo in "Rock of Ages".

The story follows the time-honoured path of rock songs of the era – in fact, it may be directly inspired by the lyrics of Poison’s 80’s hit “Fallen Angel” – with Julianne Hough’s small-town girl coming to Hollywood in pursuit of her dreams and finding  only unrestrained debauchery, a Sunset Strip rock scene at the peak of its powers and a battle for the soul of  Tinsel Town’s raging around her.

The musical uses classic 80’s anthems from Reo Speedwagon, Journey,Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Europe, Pat Benatar and a jukebox full of classics and the film has an equally starry cast – Cruise, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti and Catherine Zeta Jones, amongst others.

Catherine Zeta Jones, channelling PMRC founder/Helen Lovejoy-alike Tipper Gore...

The film’s due out in Summer 2012 and the musical is currently in London’s West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre.  

And yes, I am thinking whether I can schedule a visit sometime.  The things I do for Hair Metal…

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