Russell Brand Joins 'Rock of Ages' Cast

Russell Brand
Russell Brand
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Russell Brand is joining the cast of director Adam Shankman’s musical Rock of Ages, in which he’ll play Lonny, who runs an '80s-era rock club.

Shankman announced the project’s latest casting in a tweet Wednesday, saying, “I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie! I see a mullet in his future...maybe a Nikki Six?

It will be a reteaming for the actor and director, who previously worked together on Bedtime Stories.

The New Line production, based on the Broadway musical, which is aiming for a May start, is also set to star newcomer Diego Gonzalez Boneta along with Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti and Julianne Hough.

Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment, Tobey Maguire’s Maguire Entertainment and Corner Store Entertainment are producing, with Garrett Grant serving as exec producer.

Brand, repped by WME, can currently be heard as the voice of E.B., the Easter Bunny’s teenage son in Hop, and can be see playing the title role in Arthur.

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