Catherine Zeta-Jones Joins Rock of Ages

Catherine Zeta Jones arrives at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Jason Merritt/2011 Getty Images

Catherine Zeta-Jones hasn't been seen in a major movie since 2007's No Reservations, but they don't come much bigger than the star-packed, big-screen adaptation of the musical Rock of Ages, which she just joined. Director Adam Shankman says he cast the Chicago star in a new role invented to streamline the story, describing the character as "if Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant had a love child. She is this hardcore, moral majority, arch-conservative who wants to shut down rock 'n' roll in the great city of Los Angeles." Apparently, the rock-hating conservative is Hollywood's juiciest new character type: Zeta-Jones's Traffic scene partner, Dennis Quaid, also gets to wag fingers as the dance-averse reverend in this year's musical Footloose. [HR]