Cruise will play Jaxx, who sings Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” in the theater production from which the film is adapted, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Adam Shankman (Hairspray) will direct and choreograph the feature adaptation of the Broadway musical. The musical centers on two people who meet at the Sunset Strip club Rock of Ages, fall in love and try to stay together amid ’80s rock anthems.
Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand are also reportedly circling big roles in the film but do not have deals yet. Filming starts in May.