Russell Brand is in final negotiations to join the cast of Adam Shankman's Rock of Ages film musical, which just last week attached Diego González Boneta to star in the coveted role of Drew Boley.

In the musical story which is built around '80s hits by Journey, Pat Benatar, Jon Bon Jovi and more, Diego González Boneta's character, Drew Boley (Drew Bowie in the stage version), takes a job working as a busboy in the Bourbon Room, which is run by Dennis (Alec Baldwin). He falls for Sherrie (Julianne Hough) but falls afoul of rocker Stacee Jax (Tom Cruise), who is managed by Paul Giamatti. Amy Adams is in talks to play a reporter who also falls for Stacee Jax.