Will Forte Joins ROCK OF AGES Film as New Character 'Mitch Miley'
The Hollywood Reporter reveals today that SNL's Will Forte has joined the cast of the Rock of Ages film. The New York comedian and Celebrity Autobiography regular will be playing the part of news anchor Mitch Miley, specifically written for the film.
Also starring in the film are Diego Boneta as "Drew," Julianne Hough as "Sherrie," Russell Brand as "Lonny," Alec Baldwin as "Dennis," Mary J. Blige as "Justice," Brian Cranston as the Mayor, Malin Ackerman as "Constance Sack," Catherine Zeta-Jones as the wife of the Mayor and Paul Giamatti as "Paul Gill."
"Rock of Ages" tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.
Shankman directs "Rock of Ages" from a screenplay by Chris D'Arienzo, based on his musical. The film is being produced by Matt Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire and Jen Gibgot, with Garrett Grant, Adam Shankman, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Toby Emmerich, Michael Disco and Samuel J. Brown serving as executive producers.
Rounding out the "Rock of Ages" creative team are cinematographer Bojan Bazelli ("Hairspray"), production designer Jon Hutman ("It's Complicated"), Oscar®-nominated costume designer Rita Ryack ("How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Hairspray"), editor Emma E. Hickox ("A Walk To Remember"), Grammy-nominated music supervisor Matthew Rush Sullivan ("Dreamgirls," "Nine"), executive music producer Adam Anders (TV's "Glee") and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance").
The film is being shot entirely in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, areas.
From New Line Cinema, "Rock of Ages" will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
New Line Cinema continues to be one of the most successful independent film companies. For more than 40 years, its mission has been to produce innovative, popular, profitable entertainment in the best creative environment. A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line produced the Oscar®-winning "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, which is a landmark in the history of film franchises. New Line Cinema is a division of Warner Bros.