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The newest trailer for the jukebox musical Rock of Ages gives us a few more peeks at the movie’s plot. There’s a kid (Diego Boneta) who yearns to be a rock star; his girlfriend (Julianne Hough) with the big-voiced talent and, in one shot, even bigger hair; and an unscrupulous record business so-and-so (Paul Giamatti) who tells the kid to forget love, ’cause he’s providing fame, baby. But really, all you need to know is, yes, we do finally hear Tom Cruise sing as perpetually shirtless rock god Stacee Jaxx. And he sounds…pretty good!

Granted, Cruise is just singing one line from Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” with what sounds like some considerable reverb. But the dude has a leather-jacket-wearing macaque named “Hey Man” with some righteous-looking teeth, so I’m not about to complain. Check out the trailer, and director Adam Shankman’s thoughts on re-creating 1980s rock-and-roll, below:

With the endless feathered hair, leopard print upholstery, and general air of sordid pastel excess, the movie already feels very 1980s. And that is exactly how director Adam Shankman — whose last movie musical, Hairspray, mashed potatoed its way back to the early 1960s — wanted it. “Hairspray was like a bowl of jelly beans,” Shankman tells EW. “I wanted [Rock of Ages] to be more of a loving tribute to a time that I really remember.” Not everything about the era, however, is 100 percent authentic. “The biggest lie that I tell about this world is that we don’t see any drug use,” says Shankman. “But it’s hard to get a lot of laughs out of people doing blow in bathrooms.”

(Reporting by Dave Karger)

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Rock of Ages

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 113 minutes
  • Adam Shankman