Director Adam Shankman tweeted the news Wednesday, saying, "I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie! I see a mullet in his future...maybe a Nikki Six?" (FYI, that's Nikki Sixx, Shankman. Better bone up on your rock trivia!)
The movie, based on the hit Broadway musical, will also star newcomer Diego Gonzalez Boneta as well as Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti and Julianne Hough.
In other casting news, Rufus Sewell (last seen in 'The Tourist'), will play Adam, the head vampire, in 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.' He joins a cast that includes Benjamin Walker (in the title role), Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper.
And lastly, Hugh Jackman won't be playing the huntsman to Kirsten Stewart's Snow White after all. Jackman was in talks with Universal, but, like Viggo Mortensen before him, has passed on the project.
Our suggestion? The studio might want to tap another hunky Aussie, Eric Bana, for the part, who makes quite a convincing hunter-slash-trainer in 'Hanna.'
Universal's 'Snow White and the Huntsman' is one of two competing movies about the fairy tale princess: Relativity is working on its own version with 'The Social Network's Armie Hammer as the prince, Lilly Collins as Snow White and Julia Roberts as the evil queen.
The Universal project has Charlize Theron on board as their evil queen. She's the only player who's confirmed so far, as negotiations with Stewart are not yet finalized.
[Via The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap]