There are two significant anti-casting updates today. The smaller one is that Amy Adams won’t be in Adam Shankman‘s film version of the jukebox musical Rock of Ages. She got the offer to play a music journalist who plans a hit piece on rocker Stacee Jax (Tom Cruise) before falling for him. But she shrugged and essentially said, “thanks, but I’m already playing this other reporter, Lois Lane. You may have heard of her.” Too bad, because she would have been a fun addition to the weird cast that is coming together for Rock of Ages. [Deadline]

After the break, Hugh Jackman passes on Snow White and the Huntsman; will Universal’s Snow White movie soon falter without a male lead? Read More »

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Last week there was mention that Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages film musical may have found its young leading man in the person of Diego Boneta. (He’s had roles on the new 90210 and Pretty Little Liars, but may still count as an almost-unknown to some.) Now there is confirmation that he’ll play Drew Boley, the aspiring star at the center of the musical. In addition, Russell Brand is finally coming on after months of being rumored to join the cast. Read More »

Adam Shankman‘s big-screen version of the rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages has turned into quite the hot ticket. Tom Cruise plays one key character, decadent rocker Stacee Jax, and now Amy Adams is being wooed to play a journalist who intends to write a hit piece on the rock star but ends up falling for him instead. And Paul Giamatti has been added to the cast as well. Read More »

Danny Huston will join Nicolas Cage in the Taken-like action thriller Medallion. The film has Nic Cage as a thief whose daughter is abducted and shoved in the trunk of a NYC cab. With help from another thief who is also his ex-girlfriend (Malin Akerman) the guy faces a ticking clock if he wants to rescue his girl.

Simon West directs, from a script by David Guggenheim and the film is just about to shoot in New Orleans. We don’t yet know Danny Huston’s role. [The Playlist]

After the break, Luke Evans is an Amateur American, and Rock of Ages opens up a key role to newcomers. Read More »

It’s been rumored for the past month or so that Kristen Stewart would be starring in Snow White and the Huntsman, one of three Snow White-themed films in the works, and we finally have confirmation. Producer Palak Patel has tweeted that the Twilight actress is in the final stages of negotiation and will officially sign next week. Though his tweets were quickly deleted, this being the Internet, at least one person managed to grab an image before they were taken down. Patel’s tweets read as follows:

@aurastew KStew is officially playing Snow White and her deal is in final negotiations and will close next week.

@cenup official confirmation coming next week. But we are in final negotiations.

Stewart will be joining previously confirmed stars Charlize Theron, who will play the evil queen, and Viggo Mortensen, who will play the titular huntsman. Rupert Sanders is directing. Snow White and the Huntsman is due out late next year and is scheduled to start shooting in August. [Deadline, MTV]

After the jump, more similarly themed films duke it out as Andrew Garfield and Ewan McGregor consider signing on to two different bank robbery projects, and Alec Baldwin joins Rock of Ages.

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Country singer and two-time Dancing With The Stars winner Julianne Hough has just landed the lead role of Sherrie in Adam Shankman‘s adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. She’ll star alongside Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige (as well as possibly Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin, though those deals haven’t been locked yet) as a country girl who comes to Los Angeles and gets eaten up and spit out by the ’80s hair metal scene. The show features music by Bon Jovi, Styx, Twisted Sister and Poison and more. Hough recently appeared in Burlesque and also stars in the upcoming remake of Footloose. Read more after the break. Read More »

Briefly: Adam Shankman has finally got Tom Cruise locked for the film version of Rock of Ages, and now he’s turning to other open roles. Having Tom Cruise likely gives him a bit more power, so he is reportedly looking at Anne Hathaway to play a journalist who is planning a hit piece on rocker Stacee Jax, to be played by Mr. Cruise.

Deadline says that the actress is in talks, and given that the site has been on top of casting for the film (also reporting possible roles for Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin) I’m inclined to take this seriously. The big question is how this would mesh with her schedule for The Dark Knight Rises; if things can work out, expect to see her belting out a few songs next to Tom Cruise.

Briefly: Tom Cruise has been circling Hairspray director Adam Shankman‘s adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages — the jukebox musical built around classic rock hits from the ’80s — since October, but now he’s finally closing the deal. He’s set to play Stacee Jaxx, an “arrogant and charming star at the top of his career”. That puts him in the position of singing a rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead of Alive”, assuming the movie follows the show.

Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand are still up for big roles in the film, but there’s no deal in place for them yet. We also heard an offer had gone out to Gwyneth Paltrow. Now that Cruise has locked down his role, expect more casting updates to follow. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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