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Tom Cruise clings to his action-stardom with the same ferocity with which he holds onto Scientology, but he might be returning to comedy for a brief stint. Disney has reportedly been eyeing Cruise to star in one of their upcoming musical comedies, Bob the Musical, for quite some time, and now it looks like it’s closer to happening.
According to The Wrap, Cruise hasn't officially signed on for Bob the Musical, but he's circling the lead role, that of a regular guy who suffers a blow to the head. Now he can hear the inner songs of everyone’s heart, which, to his dismay, transforms his life into a musical. As the trade notes, the film has been in development since 2004.
While The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius is being courted to helm the picture, The LEGO Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, as well as Adam Shankman of Hairspray and Rock of Ages, have previously circled the project. Shankman even wrote an early draft of Bob the Musical with Mike Bender. Last year, Allan Loeb signed on to write the script, and the Oscar-winning duo behind Frozen, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, came aboard to work out the music and lyrics.
This certainly doesn’t sound like anything Cruise would do, given his current trajectory. After starring in Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, he took a sabbatical to the sci-fi realm for Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow. Now, he’s returning for a fifth Mission: Impossible, subtitled Rogue Nation, as well as a second Top Gun, a second Jack Reacher and a drug-runner movie called Mena. He did, though, have some comedic stints sprinkled throughout his history of action movies. Shankman directed Cruise in Rock of Ages, where he played Stacee Jaxx, an Axel Rose-esque rock God. So something like a musical comedy wouldn’t be entirely unprecedented. Before Rock of Ages, Cruise appeared in the raunchy comedic role of the overweight, balding, foulmouthed Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder. He’s no stranger to either genre, though Bob the Musical wouldn’t have been in our top 10 guesses as to which movie Cruise would tackle next. Though, the actor certainly knows how to sing a few tunes, as apparent by his Glee-ful rendition of "Pour Some Sugar On Me."
Since helping Frozen become an international sensation, Robert and Kristen Lopez have been unofficially dubbed Disney's golden children. They returned to compose the music for the Frozen short film, Frozen Fever, and they even wrote an elaborate number for Neil Patrick Harris to perform at the 2015 Oscars. Their names attached to Bob the Musical is a major selling point, but here's hoping they can write something equally spectacular for Cruise -- assuming a deal is made. Please, let there me dancing!