Mike Fleming

New Line Cinema has set Diego Gonzalez Boneta to play the lead in Rock of Ages, the movie version of the Broadway musical.

He’ll play Drew Boley, a 22-year old who moves to Los Angeles with dreams of making it in the music industry. He works as a bus boy in the rock club The Bourbon Room. Word that he was director Adam Shankman’s choice circulated last week, but New Line just approved him today.

He stars alongside Julianne Hough, with a supporting cast that includes Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand. Amy Adams is being courted to play a journalist who falls into a bedroom romp with the rock star Stacee Jaxx (Cruise). Boley, a Latin American singing star, gets to belt out the Foreigner song Waiting For A Girl Like You, the Twisted Sister anthem I Wanna Rock, and he duets with Hough on the Journey hit Don’t Stop Believin.’ He was submitted by Gersh. Hundreds tested for the role.

“On top of his completely un-self conscious charm, he’s a movie star the same was as I felt when I auditioned Zac Efron, Channing Tatum and Liam Hemsworth,” Shankman told Deadline. “It comes down to being able to identity the ‘it’ factor, and Jen and I have been lucky enough to do it several times. He has it and is every inch a movie star.” Shankman was talking about his sister Jennifer Gibgot, his Offspring Entertainment partner, who’s producing.