Cruise, who turns 50 next July 3 (Oliver Stone's movie was off by a day), plays a rock-and-roll star named Stacee Jaxx in Adam Shankman's Rock of Ages. Playing another rock-and-roller shouldn't be too much of a stretch. As per Deadline, the formerly pregnant Beyoncé is ready to shoot “as soon as June.”
Now, Rock of Ages opens next June 15, but Cruise – who had a major worldwide hit late last year with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol – is already busy working elsewhere.
Last seen handing the Best Picture Oscar to The Artist's Thomas Langmann a couple of weeks ago, Cruise recently finished working on Christopher McQuarrie's One Shot (addendum: retitled Jack Reacher) and is currently starring in Joseph Kosinski's sci-fier Oblivion (based on Orvid Nelson's comic book, which sounds a lot like Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness). Cruise's next project is another sci-fier, Doug Liman's We Mortals Are – this one at Warner Bros., which happens to be the studio to distribute Eastwood's A Star Is Born when/if it gets made. (And Rock of Ages, too.)
Tom Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actor for Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire, and Best Supporting Actor for Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999).
Previous possibilities for the possible Tom Cruise role in Eastwood's A Star Is Born were Will Smith, Christian Bale, Eminem, and Russell Crowe. Those who have played that role in the various versions and sub-versions of A Star Is Born are Kris Kristofferson (also as a rocker), Fredric March (as an actor), James Mason (also as an actor), Robert Redford (in Up Close and Personal, as a journalist), Max Beesley (in Glitter, as a DJ/music producer), and Lowell Sherman (in What Price Hollywood?, as a movie director).
Prior to Beyoncé, the born stars were Barbra Streisand (who won an Oscar for composing with Paul Williams the song “Evergreen”), Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, Constance Bennett, Mariah Carey, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Tom Cruise / Rock of Ages photo: Warner Bros.