Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

JULIANNE HOUGH as Sherrie Christian and DIEGO BONETA as Drew Boley in New Line Cinema's rock musical ROCK OF AGES, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by David James.

Rock of Ages (2012)

Opened: 06/15/2012 Wide

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Genre: Rock Musical/Comedy

Rated: PG-13 for for sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking, and language.


Under the direction of Adam Shankman ("Hairspray"), New Line Cinema's feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical ROCK OF AGES comes to the big screen.

ROCK OF AGES tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more.

The movie musical stars Julianne Hough ("Burlesque"), with actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut, Russell Brand ("Arthur," "Get Him to the Greek"), Oscar® nominee Paul Giamatti ("Cinderella Man"), Academy Award® winner Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago"), Malin Akerman ("The Proposal") and R&B queen Mary J. Blige, with Oscar® nominee Alec Baldwin ("The Cooler," TV's "30 Rock"), and Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise ("Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," "Magnolia," "Jerry Maguire") as Stacee Jaxx.

Shankman directs ROCK OF AGES from a screenplay by Justin Theroux and Chris D'Arienzo and Allan Loeb, based on D'Arienzo's musical of the same name. The film is being produced by Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Grant and Jennifer Gibgot, with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown, Hillary Butorac Weaver, Janet Billig Rich, Shankman and D'Arienzo serving as executive producers.

Rounding out the ROCK OF AGES creative team are director of photography Bojan Bazelli ("Hairspray"), production designer Jon Hutman ("It's Complicated"), editor Emma E. Hickox ("A Walk To Remember"), Oscar®-nominated costume designer Rita Ryack ("How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Hairspray"), Grammy-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan ("Dreamgirls," "Nine"), and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance"). The original score is by executive music producer Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (TV's "Glee").

New Line Cinema presents, a Corner Store Entertainment production, in association with Material Pictures, in association with Offspring Entertainment, an Adam Shankman film, ROCK OF AGES. Opening in theaters and IMAX on June 15, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

About the Production

Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip, 1987. Rockers wail and heads bang inside the packed and pulsating walls of a rock 'n' roll institution, The Bourbon Room. Heart strings are plucked and electric guitar sparks fly to the beat of some of the greatest hits of the `80s...the "Rock of Ages."

The Broadway hit now goes from stage to screen under the direction of Adam Shankman, who also executive produces the film. Shankman, who grew up in Los Angeles, felt right at home in the setting. "My dad was a music business manager, and his office was on the Strip," he says. "I knew a lot of artists. I was choreographing music videos in 1987 and it was a world that I really understood and loved, so turning back that clock was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

At the core of the film is a boy-meets-girl love story woven into classic, only-in-Hollywood dreams of fame. Shankman's sister and producing partner, Jennifer Gibgot, elaborates, "Like so many people in L.A., the young lovers in 'Rock of Ages' have come here hoping to make it big and thinking it's going to be easy. But it turns out to be a lot harder to stay on the path, to keep believing in the thing that led them there in the first place."

The movie also shows the other side of the coin: what it was like to have achieved the fame and fortune that `80s glam bands so thoroughly and unabashedly enjoyed. Fellow native Angelino and producer Garrett Grant, who grew up listening to that music and idolizing the artists, emphasizes, "It was important to portray the period authentically, and hit the tone as much as we could in order to truly pay homage to the rock stars--rock gods, really--of that generation."

Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta portray the young couple with stars in their eyes at the center of the story. They are joined by an all-star cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Mary J. Blige, Malin Akerman and Catherine Zeta-Jones. And playing the rock god of "Rock of Ages," Arsenal lead singer Stacee Jaxx, is Tom Cruise.

For Shankman, the journey began when he went to see "Rock of Ages" on the stage. He recalls, "The audience was having the best time I'd ever seen at a show. Everybody knew the lyrics to all the songs and was out of their seats and singing along and having the time of their life. That enthusiasm, that sheer emotion, convinced me to make the movie."

It wasn't his only reason for revisiting the era, however. "I thought it would be an interesting challenge to make a movie musical that guys would drag their girlfriends to for a change."