UPDATED: Alec Baldwin wants to be replaced on ROCK OF AGES

by: John Mulhern
May 11th, 2011

Alec Baldwin

UPDATED: Deadline now reports that Baldwin is staying with the film.

Alec Baldwin is a pretty amazing actor who has, in recent years, proved himself as an extremely likable comedic force. From films like IT'S COMPLICATED to his role in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, Baldwin is at the top of his game. His next big role was set to be in the film adaptation of a Broadway musical called ROCK OF AGES.

It seems, however, that Baldwin might not end up in the film after all.

According to Deadline, Baldwin has asked New Line to replace him in the film. The part in question is that of a Bourbon Room owner named Dennis Dupree, an important role in the film that has a big musical number with it. Other popular comedic actors such as Steve Carell and Will Ferrell passed on the role, so now New Line will have to look even harder.

It's disappointing to see Baldwin leave the project, but this gives New Line to refine their picks even further. The cast is pretty all-star, so at least the departure of Baldwin still leaves us with Bryan Cranston, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Paul Giamatti. The cast is supposed to meet up on May 23 for a big table read.

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