In a break from tradition, this summer's customary Tom Cruise-starring vehicle will not be an action blockbuster - that's being saved for this winter, with One Shot - and instead arrives in the shape of Rock of Ages, a big screen treatment of the hit 1980s-flavored jukebox Broadway musical.
Adam Shankman (Hairspray) is calling the shots on the Rock of Ages movie, which features a (so to speak) diverse cast composed of A-listers like Cruise and Alec Baldwin, well-known funnymen like Russell Brand and Will Forte, respected character actors like Bryan Cranston and Paul Giamatti - along with on-the-rise stars including Julianne Hough (Footloose) and Diego Boneta (Pretty Little Liars) and singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige, among others.
Rock of Ages takes place in 1987 and revolves around the efforts of Dennis Dupree (Baldwin) to save his beloved Bourbon Room club on the Hollywood Sunset Strip from a conservative rock-hater (Catherine Zeta-Jones) - which includes hiring on the aging (and often wasted) rocker Stacee Jaxx (Cruise) to put on the end-all of performances - along with the budding romance between Drew Boley (Boneta) and Sherrie Christian (Hough): two young and naive musical talents "chasing their dreams in the big city."
Check out the second official trailer for Rock of Ages:
Much like the first Rock of Ages trailer, this new theatrical promo isn't so much focused on effectively outlining the film's storyline; rather, it's more about selling the movie's big personalities, colorful '80s atmosphere, and new thematic spins on cherished tunes that were all the rage during the '70s and '80s - like Journey's "Any Way You Want It" or Arrow's "I Love Rock n' Roll," among numerous others. This new trailer is also about offering an early sample of Cruise's rock music singing abilities - and to be fair, he doesn't sound half-bad.
The various sub-plots featured in Rock of Ages (free spirits battling the uptight establishment, young lovers with dreams of fame, newcomers experiencing the dark side of success, etc.) are all recognizable staples of the musical genre. Assuming screenwriters Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder) and Allan Loeb (The Dilemma) haven't strayed too far from Chris D'Arienzo's original musical book, the Rock of Ages movie should be able to juggle those narrative threads as well as the original stage musical does.
Combine that with some inspired direction and dance choreography from Shankman - and songs that'll appeal to folks who normally steer clear of musicals - and Rock of Ages has the makings to be nothin' but a good time (sorry).
Rock of Ages arrives in theaters around the U.S. on June 15th, 2012.