We can’t fight this feeling anymore, PopWatchers: the ever-expanding line-up for the Rock of Ages feature has got us pretty stoked. While New Line confirmed to EW that Oscar nominee/all-around busy lady Amy Adams unfortunately won’t be joining the all-star cast (which, thus far, includes Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, and more) on the big screen for the adaptation of the Broadway musical, Russell Brand will.
Adam Shankman, who will be at the helm of Rock of Ages, told followers via his Twitter Wednesday, “I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie ! I see a mullet in his future…maybe a Nikki Six?” New Line Cinema confirmed to EW that while Brand has not officially closed the deal yet, he will very soon. (He was hopeful about joining the cast back in March, when he told EW at the Hope premiere: “I have to make sure I see me wife [Katy Perry] enough, but if we can work out the schedule, then yeah, I want to do it.”) Still, this is a lot of awesome information to absorb at once, so let’s break it down: Brand will not only play Lonny, the over-the-top, former rocker who now runs the Bourbon (the club owned by Baldwin’s character Dennis), but he may also be shaping his famously manic hair into a mullet.
Since a third movie featuring Brand’s other on-screen rock alter ego Aldous Snow has yet to be announced (that still doesn’t mean we’re not going to listen to the wildly inappropriate “Inside of You” on our iPods, thankyouverymuch), we’re especially pumped for this news. If Rock of Ages sticks close to the Broadway show, then he’ll be singing along with “Just Like Paradise/Nothin’ but a Good Time,” “Harden My Heart/Shadows of the Night,” “The Final Countdown,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” and, of course, “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”
But, then again, will it be even possible for Brand to step out of the shadow of Aldous Snow and Infant Sorrow? Here’s a character that was not only an outrageous, egotistical rock god in both Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek, but a believable and likable one at that. Will Brand, who’s already something of a rock star himself (well, in spite of Hop), be able to bring a whole new spin to playing a rocker on screen?
PopWatchers, you singing and dancing with joy over the fact that Russell Brand is on board to play Lonny in Rock of Ages, or will he be forever associate in your mind with Aldous Snow? Let us know in the comments section below.