Russell Brand, who headlined two major releases recently with both Hop and Arthur, has now been confirmed to play the part of Lonny in the Warner Bros. musical Rock of Ages. Director Adam Shankman confirmed the long-rumored casting himself, posting the following on his Twitter page:
I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie ! I see a mullet in his future…maybe a Nikki Six?
Based on the hit Broadway musical, the story centers on two people who meet at the Sunset Strip club “Rock of Ages” and fall for one another against the backdrop of ’80s rock anthems. The cast is currently set to include Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough, Diego Bonet and Alec Baldwin.
Rock of Ages will go into production shortly, aiming for a June 1, 2012 release.