Tom Cruise is really in a career renaissance. Especially after his breathless performance that had him swinging and climbing the world’s tallest building in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
, he is showing no signs of slowing down. His next projects, the Jack Reacher adaptation, One Shot
(coming December 21st, 2012) and Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi epic, Oblivion
(coming April 26th, 2013) will surely be as action-packed and high octane, trying to top his previous work. But the legendary actor – who turns 50 on July 3rd – has taken more risks with career, delving into genres had not worked in for years to stepping up his game in the genre that are his bread and butter. Perhaps it was his stunning cameo turn as the vile and fat film producer Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder
, but now he’s doing a rock musical, and could be starring in an action comedy with Tropic Thunder
co-star Robert Downey, Jr.
Coming June 15th, Rock of Ages is based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name from Hairspray director Adam Shankman, and stars Cruise as Stacee Jaxx. The musical does not have original songs, but covers of 80s-era rock ballads. Pre-orders for the soundtrack appeared on iTunes yesterday, and below, you can hear a snippet of Cruise performing Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, courtesy of Ryan Seacrest. Unlike Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia (and the rest of the cast), it sounds like Cruise really practiced and sounds shockingly good for a first-timer.
As if that isn’t enough, Cruise is also being courted for one of two lead roles in Jay Roach’s (Austin Powers
, The Campaign
) next comedy, El Presidente
. Should he join, he would a play a tough and abrasive Secret Service agent that is pushed out of Washington and is assigned to protect the former President of the United States, who is described not only as the worst President, but a complete bumbling sleaze. Rumors had circulated that the President was going to be played by Cruise’s A Few Good Men
costar Jack Nicolson, but Roach is now courting Avengers
star Robert Downey, Jr. I would excited to see film – which sounds like a cross between Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz
and the 90s’ era comedy My Fellow Americans
How do you feel about the Cruise Renaissance? Want him to stick to action roles or keep branching outward?
This originally appeared at SaveTheSeat.