'Rock of Ages' movie casting: Hit

Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige and ... Tom Cruise? The cast in director Adam Shankman's movie adaptation of "Rock of Ages" is a bit eclectic -- made moreso if the rumored casting of Russell Brand comes to fruition -- but will it work? Though both have limited acting experience, Hough has proved her dancing chops and Blige is one of the signature hip-hop/R&B singers of the past few decades. Baldwin's a multiple Emmy-winner, and Cruise has shown his musical aptitude (his "Tropic Thunder" cameo was praised) and, despite "Knight and Day," he's is a bona fide megastar. Chemistry, a good script and a good production aside, it seems like an ideal cast for their respective roles. We'll see how it comes together. -- Jevon Phillips Photos, from left: Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige. All credits: Associated Press
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