Malin Akerman

New Line Cinema has confirmed that Malin Akerman has joined the cast of Rock of Ages, playing Constance Stack, a journalist who romances Tom Cruise’s Stacee Jaxx. But that’s not the only project the actress has on her plate. No, Rock of Ages brings Akerman to… six films headed to theaters in 2012: The Giant Mechanical Man, Medallion, Wildwood Inn, Serpent Girl, The Numbers Station, and, now Ages. As for 2011, Akerman appears in happythankyoumoreplease, Electra Luxx, The Bang Bang Club, Criminal Empire for Dummy’s, Wanderlust, and Inferno, the Linda Lovelace biopic that unceremoniously dumped Lindsay Lohan for the role before Akerman took it over. Phew. Move over, James Franco — Hollywood’s got a new busiest actor!

But this is not the first year Akerman has been roped into a good number of projects. In 2010, she appeared in The Romantics and Childrens’ Hospital, while in 2009, she starred in high-profile pics like Couples Retreat, The Proposal, and Watchmen. Yet, despite the numerous big-name — and indie — projects, Akerman has yet to officially hit A-list status. Will her current slate finally turn her into a marquee name? I should hope so — the actress has certainly paid her dues, and has stolen scenes in films like 27 Dresses. Plus, Akerman starred in HBO’s The Comeback. That credit alone justifies big-screen super-stardom, yes? We do want to see that, Valerie Cherish!

Are you happy to see Akerman nab a role in Rock of Ages alongside Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Paul Giamatti, PopWatchers? And are you prepared for 2012: The Year of Akerman?

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