If you thought Alec Baldwin's most unexpected career move would be starring in a series of ads for a regional supermarket chain-- well, OK, he probably still hasn't topped that, but he's coming close. The Wrap reports that he's been offered the role of Dennis Dupree in Rock of Ages, an adaptation of the Broadway musical that tells the story of young people living their dreams in Los Angeles to the tune of 80s hair metal songs. Baldwin would be playing the role of the owner of the club at the center of the story, a character originated onstage in Los Angeles by Tenacious D member Kyle Gass (the one who isn't Jack Black) and currently played on Broadway by Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

No, Baldwin doesn't exactly jump to mind when you think "rock and roll," but with Mary J. Blige and Tom Cruise also considering roles, they're going in a lot of different directions with the casting for this one. Adam Shankman, who previously adapted Broadway hit Hairspray for the screen, will be directing, with Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt brought in for the script, which is a really good sign. Production is set to start in March, around the time Cruise finished shooting Mission: Impossible 4, and Baldwin could probably wrap the season of 30 Rock and make his way over easily. He may not be an icon of the metal years the way Dee Snider is, but Baldwin has a way of making pretty much everything better these days, and I'd be beyond happy to see him belt "The Final Countdown" wearing some leopard-print pants.

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