'Dancing With the Stars' champ Julianne Hough says she's beyond excited to appear in the new film version of the Broadway hit 'Rock of Ages.' One of her character's love interests has already been cast: Tom Cruise, who signed on last month to play '80s metal rocker Stacee Jaxx.

Director Adam Shankman confirmed his casting of the 22-year-old 'Burlesque' star, tweeting, "Yes, it's true. Julianne Hough was beyond brilliant in her audition, and will be rocking the role of Sherrie Christian."

Hough, who attended the live production in Los Angeles last month with boyfriend Ryan Seacrest, sounds ready to rock. "
Words can't even express how thrilled I am to be a part of this film," the actress, dancer and country crooner says in a statement to EW.com. "Between Adam and the cast and the material, it's just a dream come true."

"I'm so grateful to....everyone that believed enough in me to make this amazing opportunity possible," she adds. "I can't wait to start work!"