Aaliyah Talks Possible Trent Reznor Collaboration

"Romeo Must Die," featuring R&B singer Aaliyah, Hong Kong action star Jet Li, and a supporting turn by rapper DMX, arrives in theaters this week, the latest in a long line of cinematic takes on the Shakespearean tragedy "Romeo And Juliet."

Aaliyah portrays Trish O'Day, the "Juliet" character to Jet Li's "Romeo" in the new film, which marks her first starring turn since scoring a small supporting role in the 1998 Eddie Murphy picture "Dr. Dolittle."

The big screen isn't the only place where the singer is expanding her horizons. As we first reported last year, Aaliyah has hopes to push the boundaries of her musical career further in the form of a collaboration with Trent Reznor (see "Trent Reznor, Aaliyah Ponder Collaboration"). MTV News caught up with Aaliyah recently to find out how the idea first came about and if the possible pairing is still in the works.

"Well, we met

for the first time at the MTV Video [Music] Awards," Aaliyah said, "and we talked for a while and we've talked on the phone a few times. He's a really nice person and extremely talented, so maybe we'll be able to collaborate.

"I think our sounds would really mesh well, so I'll bring a little something to the table, he'll bring something, and we'll see how it works." [RealVideo]

Aaliyah will probably have to wait a few months before such a team-up can come to fruition, as Reznor plans to lead Nine Inch Nails out on the road for an extended tour, beginning on April 12 in Cleveland.

In the meantime, the singer has contributed several new songs to the soundtrack for "Romeo Must Die," including the LP's first single, "Try Again," as well as a joint track with DMX, "Come Back In One Piece." The album, featuring additional cuts from Ginuwine, Destiny's Child, Timbaland &

Magoo, Mack-10, and Chante Moore, will be released on March 28.

For a full-length interview with the singer-turned-actress, look out for the MTV Online feature "Aaliyah: Action Heroine," premiering here on Friday.