Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Christina Aguilera Lands Role In 'Burlesque'

Though Christina Aguilera seems omnipresent with her music, jewelry, perfume and numerous endorsement deals, the songstress superstar has never actually been in a movie. She's lent her voice to "Shark Tale," and she was featured in Martin Scorcese's Rolling Stones documentary, "Shine a Light," but she's never gotten to be anyone but herself onscreen.

But now, she's getting her chance to test her talents as an actress. According to Variety, Aguilera will make her big-screen debut in "Burlesque," a contemporary musical.

Aguilera will play "an ambitious, small-town girl with a big voice" who aspires to stardom (as all ambitious, small-town girls do) and finds work at a neo-burlesque club in Los Angeles inspired by Bob Fosse's "Cabaret." Things apparently turn out all right for the determined singer, because she ends up finding love, success and family as a result of her career in cabaret. The film begins shooting late this year, just in time to benefit from the buzz of Aguilera's newest album, which is reportedly due in September.

Steven Antin (who you might remember as Troy in "The Goonies," and who probably knows a little something about burlesque, given that his sister is Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin) will direct the film. Antin's script has been revised by Susannah Grant ("Erin Brockovich").

"I couldn't be more excited, as this was a project written with [Aguilera] in mind," Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper told Variety.

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