More than a year before [artist id="509026"]Christina Aguilera[/artist] got back into the pop music game with Bionic, her first studio album since 2006, the singer decided to explore some artistic territory she'd never visited before: the big screen. In May 2009, Xtina signed on [article id="1610626"]to star in "Burlesque,"[/article] a musical about a small-town girl who dreams of becoming a star. Now, we're finally getting our first look at Aguilera in the fall release.
"It's sexy, it's sensual," Aguilera told USA Today. "The whole idea of burlesque has always intrigued me. The art of the tease, the dance, beautiful women — need I say more?"
All that and more is on display in photos published by USA Today. One image captures Aguilera in a leg-revealing, gold bodysuit as dancers flip and bow around her. Is this the film's climactic scene? Is it a dream sequence? Fans will have to wait until the movie hits theaters in November to find out.
Other pics show Aguilera with longer blonde locks: in her kitchen and at a nightclub with co-star Cher. "I love no-bullsh-- women, and she's the best of the best, an original trendsetter in her time and a legend in mine," Aguilera said of Cher, who plays the owner of the burlesque club in the film. "I found her kind and warm. She had helpful advice and stories for days."
But Aguilera didn't seem to need much advice, according to writer/director Steven Antin, who told the newspaper she didn't take long to get the hang of a movie set.
"She figured out how it works within weeks," Antin said. "She is a little bit of a freak of nature and a perfectionist. This girl is a movie star."
What appealed to her about the role, Aguilera said, was that her character "wasn't just a girl who comes to L.A. and makes it big. It was a girl who had suffered and felt pain, been in seven foster homes. She doesn't let her past make her a victim. And that to me was so appealing."
Playing the character was so appealing, in fact, that the pop singer is already looking forward to taking on more movie roles.
"I think people will definitely feel energized and excited," she added.
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