Diva makes screen debut in Screen Gems pic
Christina Aguilera will make her screen debut for Screen Gems in “Burlesque,” a contemporary musical that Steven Antin will direct. Antin wrote a script that was revised by “Erin Brockovich” scribe Susannah Grant.Aguilera will play an ambitious smalltown girl with a big voice who finds love, family and success in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club that appears to be right out of Bob Fosse’s “Cabaret.” Donald De Line will produce. Pic will shoot late this year. While Aguilera has won four Grammy Awards, a Latin Grammy and has sold more than 25 million albums, she has never starred in a film, though she lent her voice to the animated “Shark Tale.” “I couldn’t be more excited, as this was a project written with her in mind,” Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper said. Deal comes on the heels of Screen Gems benefiting from the star power of another songstress, Beyonce Knowles, who toplined thriller hit “Obsessed.”
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