Catherine-Zeta Jones climbs on 'Rock of Ages'

April 27, 2011


Work still comes for Catherine Zeta-Jones, in spite of her widely publicized mental illness. She is on tap to play villain in the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages.

Deadline reports Zeta-Jones will play the wife of an LA mayor who swears to destroy rock 'n' roll. Adam Shankman will direct the flick under New Line.

"She's the moral majority person, kind of like if Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant had a love child in that era," Shankman describes the character.

It would not be the first time Zeta-Jones takes on a villainess role. Michael Douglas' wife had won an Oscar for her turn as the murderous Velma Kelly in Chicago, yet another movie version of a musical.

"To have a great actress who won an actress in this genre with Chicago is wonderful," Shankman added.

Once again Zeta-Jones will be visiting the recording studio. For Rock of Ages she is expected to cover Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It." 

She recently made headlines when she checked into a mental health facility in Connecticut for treatment of bipolar II disorder.

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