Catherine Zeta-Jones to Play Rock of Ages Villainess

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The Hollywood Reporter says that Adam Shankman has cast Catherine Zeta-Jones in Rock of Ages, the adaptation of the Broadway musical at New Line/Warner Bros.

Zeta-Jones, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for Chicago, will play the villainess of the movie, a part that was not in the stage production.

“It’s a character that we only really came to in the last month,” Shankman told the trade. “The character was invented to streamline the stories.”

Zeta-Jones will be joining a cast that includes Diego Gonzalez Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough. 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.

Filming is targeted for a May start.