Wow, even Nicolas Cage must be impressed. The first trailer for next spring’s fist-pumping, ’80s set musical “Rock Of Ages” has arrived and, man, we just can’t get over the impressive display of bad wigs. Given the money they clearly spent on these hairpieces, they couldn’t score one for Paul Giamatti?
Directed with incredible restraint by “Hairspray” and “Bedtime Stories” director Adam Shankman, we can’t really tell if this is supposed to be intentionally campy or not. But either way, it’s clearly on its own planet. Based on the hit Broadway musical, the story centers on a small town girl (Julianne Hough) who moves to Los Angeles with dreams of making it big. It’s basically “Burlesque” but with even more hair product. The entire trailer builds up to a reveal of Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, a controversial rock god of sorts. It’s Cruise doing Cruise via Frank T.J. Mackey or something.
Anyway, a zillion people star in this including Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bryan Cranston. It’s the “New Year’s Eve” of musicals. It opens on June 1st and will be powered by a soundtrack featuing Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more. Bring earplugs. [Apple]