Call it a hunch, but I think "Burlesque" already has its place in film history set. Not only will it be the acting debut of Christina Aguilera, but the modern musical has signed on the music icon of all icons: the one and only Cher. Yeah. It's going to be flamboyant.
According to Variety, Aguilera will play an ambitious small-town girl fresh from the cornfields of Iowa. Possessing one heck of a voice (hey, it's Aguilera) she goes West to pursue her singing and dancing dreams. The aspiring star winds up in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that’s run by Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the club open and gives the young girl a chance to become a star.
The film will be a career first for the "Moonstruck" Oscar winner, as it will be the first time she uses her singing talents as part of a film role. Cher's songs have appeared in countless films, but she's never actually taken a musical part. The film will be directed by Steven Antin (Troy from "Goonies"!!!) off of a script co-written by Antin and Susannah Grant ("The Soloist"). Shooting is set to begin in November.
Cher was last seen onscreen in 2003's Farrelly Bros' comedy "Stuck on You," but is taking a break from her show in Las Vegas to return to the big screen. In addition to "Burlesque," she has also signed to co-star opposite Johnny Knoxville in "The Drop Out."
MTV Readers, can Aguilera hold her own against Cher? Is "Burlesque" going to be too over the top to be anything but a cult classic? Or do you see another "Moulin Rogue" on the horizon?