Giamatti signs on for ‘Rock of Ages’

Joins cast including Cruise and Hough

Paul Giamatti has closed his deal to star in Adam Shankman’s “Rock of Ages” for New Line’s screen version of the Broadway musical.

Giamatti joins previously-announced cast including Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough.

Shankman has a couple more roles to cast, but so far negotiations with thesps are in early stages.

Playing a music manager, Shankman describes Giamatti’s character as a “symbol of the corporatiation” of the industry.

“I want this musical to this incredibly dynamic feel,” Shankman told Variety, adding the production has two roles yet to be cast.

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