Poster and Trailer for Rock of Ages Starring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin
12.14.11 by Ryan
For those that aren't familiar with the hit Broadway musical, the trailer for the movie adaptation for Rock of Ages may not explain the musical's plot, but it does reveal the comedic — borderline ridiculous — tone of the ensemble movie. Set in 1980s Hollywood, the trailer reveals the movie's large ensemble, filled with rock 'n roll sensations (Tom Cruise), club owners (Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige), club managers (Russell Brand), rock 'n roll haters (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and rock 'n roll dreamers (Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta).
"This movie is just a giant party," director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) said to MTV about the trailer. "It's a bring-your-friends giant party." And, according to Shankman, no one had more fun at the party than Cruise.
I've never met anybody on any movie I've ever worked on, including as choreographer, so we're into 70 some odd movies now, that had more fun than Tom. I think Tom was just like a kid in a candy store because no one had ever asked him to do anything like this before and what Tom Cruise loves to do are challenges and obstacles, he loves learning new things, he loves to work. He showed up early every day, he was so present, it was amazing.
Shankman said that the biggest question mark of the trailer was "how we presented Tom" as well as "show the world [of the movie] without getting too detailed about all the storylines." Watch the trailer to see if Shankman succeeded.
If the trailer still left you wondering what Rock of Ages was actually about, here's the synopsis.
Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.
Rock of Ages also co-stars Malin Akerman, Paul Giamatti, and Bryan Cranston.