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Cher to star alongside Christina Aguilera in Burlesque

Cher BurlesqueCher is in talks to star in Burlesque. The 63-year-old singer-and-actress is being lined up to appear alongside Christina Aguilera in the new movie musical as a Los Angeles burlesque club owner. Christina stars in the lead role as a small-town girl who works at the club and follows her dreams, with Cher acting as her mentor guiding her along.

According to movie bosses, Burlesque was written specifically for Christina. Clint Culpepper, from Screen Gems, the studio making the film, said: “I couldn’t be more excited, as this was a project written with her in mind.” This is the first time Christina, 28, has appeared in a film, though she voiced a character in the 2004 animation Shark Tale.

- which is reportedly based on Bob Fosse’s iconic musical Cabaret - was written by Pussycat Dolls producer Steven Antin, who will also direct the project. It will be produced by Donald De Line, who previously worked on I Love You, Man. Filming will start in September and the movie is due for release late next year.

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