Julianne Hough Will Join Tom Cruise in 'Rock of Ages' Movie

The part was originally rumored to belong to Taylor Swift, but now Hough has moved in on the rocking role

Tom Cruise was already on board -- and now he's finally found a partner. Onscreen, that is.

Former Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough is slated to costar along with Cruise in the upcoming movie adaptation of Rock of Ages, the Broadway musical which chronicles the life of a rock star wannabe. The score includes classic rock hits from 1980s bands including Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison, Foreigner and Asia.

CNN reports that Hough will play the role of Sherrie, the small-town girl who moves to Hollywood to become an actress but gets sidelined on her way to stardom. Along the way, she meets wild-maned rocker Stacee Jaxx, who will be played by Tom Cruise, and begins a romance with him including one memorable scene in the onstage bathroom. Don't read further unless you want to know what happens, but ultimately Sherrie ends up leaving the washed-up Jaxx for her true love.

This won't be Hough's first appearance on the silver screen; she had a role in Burlesque and will star in the upcoming Footloose remake. Rock of Ages Director Adam Shankman says Hough was "nothing short of a miracle" during her audition, adding, "It was a star-is-born moment."

Ryan Seacrest's main squeeze is filling a role that originally was to be played by Taylor Swift, according to CNN. Also on board for the expected 2012 release are Mary J. Blige, who will play strip club owner Justice and Alec Baldwin, who will play Dennis Dupree, the owner of the club where Sherrie works. Russell Brand is said to be interested in the role of Lonnie, the manager of the club.

The movie is scheduled to begin production in May.

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