Open casting call set for aspiring rockers

Producers of the film version of New Line’s “Rock of Ages” have announced that they’re seeking a newcomer for the lead role of aspiring rocker Drew Boley.

This means they’ve opted not to cast 35-year-old Constantine Maroulis, who played the role in the Broadway musical.

New Line announced Friday that it has set an open casting call for March 26 at Central Casting in Burbank. It noted that the Drew character is in his early 20s and “is the nicest aspiring rocker you’ll find in the Bourbon Room, or anywhere else for that matter.”

“Rock of Ages” has started firming up its cast with “Dancing With the Stars” champ Julianne Hough set as female lead. Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige have also been cast for the pic, which begins lensing May 19 in Florida.

“Hairspray” helmer Adam Shankman is directing and choreographing “Rock of Ages,” which is built around 1980s rock hits by Journey, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi and Pat Benatar. It focuses on a couple who meet at the Sunset Strip club Rock of Ages, fall in love and try to stay together while living the rock life.

The musical’s creator, Chris D’Arienzo, scripted the adaptation, and Shankman and Justin Theroux (“Tropic Thunder”) are polishing the script. Carl Levin, Matt Weaver, Scott Prisand, Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Gibgot will produce. Garrett Grant, Janet Billig and Hillary Weaver exec produce.

The musical premiered in Los Angeles in 2006 and came to Broadway three years later, receiving five Tony noms.

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