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Julianne Hough Joins Tom Cruise for Musical Movie

Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise Jason Merritt/Getty Images; AP Photo/ Ricardo Moraes

Julianne Hough is gonna rock!

I just got word that the former Dancing With the Stars beauty has nabbed the female lead in director Adam Shankman's movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages...

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Describing Hough's audition as "jaw-droppingly good," Shankman said, "She came in and when she left everybody stood around looking at each other with chills and said, 'We found our girl.'" I was the first to tell you last month that Hough was on the top of Shankman's list of possibilities.

Hough will play Sherri Christian, a girl from the Midwest who moves to Hollywood with dreams of becoming an actress.

Tom Cruise has already signed on to play musician Stacee Jaxx. Anne Hathaway was close to playing a journalist who ends up in bed with Cruise, but Shankman tells me it didn't work out. Sounds like Hathaway may have had a scheduling conflict with her works as the Catwoman in the next Batman movie.

Hough's love interest, Drew Boley, has yet to be cast, too. American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis earned a Tony nomination when he originated the role on Broadway. Shankman is on a nationwide search to fill the part. "The character is 25 and gorgeous and a huge rockstar," Shankman said. "I need to find that person who has no baggage, is unencumbered and is just a fresh person that will pop off the screen."

Shooting begins May 19 in Florida.

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