UPDATE: Oh, bummer! Alec Baldwin has backed out of his role in Adam Shankman's adaptation of the Broadway hit, "Rock of Ages," THR reports.
Director/ choreographer Adam Shankman has been throwing caution to the wind and Tweeting updates on his new film like a madman, virtually becoming his own one-man publicity house. It helps that his new project is THE event movie musical of next year, Broadway's "Rock of Ages," which is shaping up to have one of the most gnarly casts ever before they even sing note one.
Now they've nabbed a "30 Rock"er to lend "Ages" some gravitas, Mr. Alec Baldwin. Shankman confirmed the actor/Oscar host/potential future United States President's involvement by simply Tweeting, "So, based on info I got today, I'm gonna confirm Alec Baldwin as Dennis in Rock Of Ages. Hollah."
We gotta holla back on that since Alec B. is perfect for the role of Dennis Dupree, the aging owner of Sunset Strip club The Bourbon Room, whose poison is to have "Nothing But A Good Time." Also, if you're gonna have a Baldwin in your movie, why not have the best? Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
If you don't think the man who hunted the Red October and Glengarried the hell out of Glen Ross has the chops to sing, remember this ain't his first rodeo. Baldwin sang with gusto as Luther Billis in the broadcast version of "'South Pacific' in Concert from Carnegie Hall."
Shankman has since Tweeted, capitalization errors and all, "Can't wait to start #rockofagesmovie. Julianne Hough, alec Baldwin, Mary j Blige, Tom cruise confirmed. I love my cast. More to come."
(Originally published on March 8, 2011, at 11:17 a.m. ET)