Christina Aguilera will make her big screen debut for Screen Gems in Burlesque, a contemporary musical that Steven Antin will direct, reports Variety. Antin wrote a script that was revised by Erin Brockovich screenwriter 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.
Would this really be Christina acting? Isn’t she basically going to be playing a sexy dressed dancer… so .. herself? But I imagine at some point in the film she will have to do some actual acting unless the whole movie is done to song and dance.
Aguilera has a gift that supermodels are made of to look pretty and be able to naturally fit into different looks, but for obvious reasons the lingerie clad versions are always my favourites. She is a gifted singer, and lingerie just loves her. I figure the scenes where she performs will be killer and this is a musical, so it sounds like a good fit. But I wonder if she can act - or if she will even need to.
I am always hesitant when singers get jobs as actors in movies. I don’t mind it if they are playing singers, or they are in supporting roles where they are basically just being themselves. But there are rare occassions when a singer does alright in the role. Whitney Houston wasn’t terrible in Bodyguard. Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls. And I didn’t realize that Britney Spears was acting in Crossroads until reality TV showed us what she was really like (movie still blew)
At very least the movie should provide some fun Burlesque dancing and some eyecandy with that impressively powerful voice. If you have never been to a burlesque show, I recommend it. Its a lot of fun and not nearly as dirty as some people think.
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