Trailer Friday – Rock of Ages

For those of you who saw Game of Shadows in theaters last month, probably caught this first Rock of Ages trailer released. Due to open early this summer, Rock of Ages features an A-list cast from Footloose survivor Julianne Hough, to Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston, Chicago‘s Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, and . . . Tom Cruise?

Musically-inclined director Adam Shankman, brushing up after his successful remake (2007) of Broadway musical Hairspray (2002), which was actually based off the 1988 film, will be producing and directing this musically-based film set in the 1980s rock ‘n roll era.

Up and newcomer Diego Boneta will be starring in the film next to Hough. Born in Mexico City, twenty-one-year old Boneta’s list of credits starts at Mexican soap opera Rebelde and carries through a recurring role on the ABC family teen drama, Pretty Little Liars and a guest role on 90210. Rock of Ages will bring his face and name into the Hollywood spotlight for the first time. Shankman even compared the young singer to Zac Efron in Hairspray and Channing Tatum in the first Step Up (2006).

The music alone is reason to go see this film, with it featuring Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, and Twisted Sister. The trailer offers just a taste of it with what appears to be a singing battle of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Going to Take It” serving as trailer music, with Zeta-Jones on one side and Brand on the other.

Although I haven’t seen the original Rock of Ages anywhere, I did learn that Zeta-Jones’s role was originally made for Shankman’s movie version. As for Cruise, well, with him plugging in “5 hour practice sessions” and his voice being Shankman-deemed “fantastic,” I hope we’ll all be in for a treat come June this year. Even if you don’t like musicals, I’d recommend going just to see Cruise play Stacee Jaxx. He looks hysterical.

12 thoughts on “Trailer Friday – Rock of Ages

  1. I’m so excited to see Tom Cruise act crazy–hopefully he can sing…this same director had Christopher Walkman and Michelle Pfeiffer in Hairspray, who were definitely the weak links in that movie. I’m also excited to see someone new–Diego Boneta looks like he’ll be perfect!


    • Me too! As for Walkman and Pfeiffer . . . I don’t think Walkman was a big deal. I mean, he had very little singing in the film, and I can’t imagine anyone play that character as well as he did.

      As for Pfeiffer – I would have considered her a weaker link and replaced her with someone who could hold a tune, because she had at least one solo and one duet.

      I’m excited to see some fresh blood in Rock of AGes. Boneta’s entirely new to the big screen, so I’m excited to see some talent on screen!


    • This is the first film being made (the original being the stage musical), so I think it’s going to have an easier time not having another film to live up to. Yeah, very well-known cast. Looking forward to it!


    • Hey there, Ryan! Thanks for the follow – I appreciate it! Consider yourself followed as well 🙂

      As for Rock of Ages – how was the stage production? Do you think it will make a nice transition to the film arena?

      Thanks for reading!


      • The stage production was fun, and the story (while corny) felt better conceived than other Greatest-Hits-Shows like Mamma Mia! and We Will Rock You.

        The screen ill be able to take advantage of better settings, so there’s hope. And of course, for people of a certain age (*ahem*), those 80’s hair metal songs are always fun. Thus hearing them belted through a theatre’s sound system could be worth the ticket.

        My guess? It’ll either hot the mark bang-on, or miss by a mile.


        • That’s an interesting comparison to Mamma Mia. I saw the stage production on Broadway for the first time last year and fell in love with it. I was already a fan of the music (ABBA!), and I had seen the film version (ooy). But I can see how building a musical around already composed music not originally written for the stage can cause a disconnect.

          Haha, it’s a rarity to find a musical that doesn’t evoke some kind of corniness 🙂 I’m over it!

          Even for people NOT of a certain age *wink*, I think the music will draw people in. The music is a lot of fun. And despite my dislike for the show Glee, it has done a nice job bringing back some of that really great music and introducing it to the younger generations.

          Most musicals adapted for film seem to be like that. Hairspray’s a big comparison since Shankman directed that one as well (that’s why I have faith in this one), but they’re often hit or miss. Mamma Mia was a big-time miss for film (casting, voices, need I say more?). Thanks for your thoughts!


  2. I’ve not seen the stage production and the trailer made me a little cringe-y! Hmm… I’ve never been a huge fan of musical films. Well, apart from your Mary Poppins and Bed Knobs and Broomsticks!


    • Ha, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I happen to be a fan of musicals, stage or screen (well, when the adaptation is at least decent!). I think the film is really going to draw people who are fans of the music era as well. Although I was born in the latter half of the 80s, I love its music, and partly for that reason, I look forward to it!

      Haven’t seen Marry Poppins in ages. Maybe I should go see that stage production sometime!


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