Sam Claflin to Become Prince Charming; Malin Akerman in 'Rock of Ages'

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hasn't even arrived in theaters and yet Orlando Bloom's replacement star Sam Claflin is already reaping the benefits. The young actor is now in negotiations to play Prince Charming in Universal's fairy tale retelling Snow White and the Huntsman.

Malin Akerman is keeping busy as well and is the latest addition to Adam Shankman's star-studded musical adaptation, Rock of Ages. The Watchmen actress will star in the film as a journalist that ends up getting cozy (and then some) with an aging rock star played by Tom Cruise.

Claflin is also on-board to star in Warner Bros.' new fantasy literary adaptation, The Seventh Son, in the future as well. Variety, however, is reporting that production on the latter has been rescheduled to begin in January 2012 - which means that Claflin will be available to play the Prince to Kristen Stewart's Snow White in Huntsman before setting to work on the former.

Thor actor Chris Hemsworth is currently Universal's top choice for the role of the Huntsman; if he does sign on, that means the primary cast for the Snow White re-telling will be composed of thespians in their twenties - with the (lovely) addition of Charlize Theron as the Wicked Queen, of course.

This in turn could mean the film is deviating from the original plan and will feature a (Twilight-style?) love triangle between the three main characters - and I've already gone on before about having little interest in seeing something like that.


Rock of Ages

Malin Akerman cast in Rock of Ages
Akerman and Patrick Wilson in 'Watchmen'.

Akerman marks the last major addition to the Rock of Ages movie as Constance, a role that (according to Deadline) Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams were both circling - prior to their signing on for the comic book pics The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel, respectively. The part (basically) requires someone who can appear beautiful and convincingly perform a duet of "I Want To Know What Love Is" with Cruise; while I can't vouch for the latter requirement, Ackerman will more than suffice in the looks department.

Rock of Ages also recently added Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston as the villainous mayor of Los Angeles (and husband to Catherine Zeta-Jones' rock music hater) who sets out to destroy a beloved club on the Sunset Strip. Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand play the gents who run the establishment - and thus set out to save it by having Cruise's rocker put on a no-holds-barred final performance.

On the one hand, that reads as a somewhat conventional plot setup (one also a bit similar to last year's musical, Burlesque) and the characters all sound pretty much like cartoonish stereotypes. On the other hand, Rock of Ages is an (intentionally) comical musical and Shankman previously delivered a film version of the similarly comedic musical Hairspray that I (and many others, judging by the box office returns) found to be good fun. So take that as you will.


Rock of Ages hits theaters on June 1st, 2012.

Snow White and the Huntsman will arrive in theaters later next year on December 21st.

Source: Variety, Deadline

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