Burlesque is an American contemporary musical film directed and written by Steve Antin and starring Christina Aguilera and Cher. The film was confirmed to be released on November 24th 2010 in North America.
It was announced that both Cher and Christina Aguilera would contribute to the Soundtrack album with Christina contributing to eight out of the 10 songs with Cher taking the remaining two.
It was confirmed that the album would be released on November 22nd 2010. The lead track ‘Express’ was released to Radio on November 3rd 2010.
Christina Aguilera will make her theatrical film and musical debut as the lead character, a “small-town girl with a big voice,” who finds work at a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club, inspired by Bob Fosse’s Cabaret and European Burlesque entertainment.
Burlesque started shooting on November 9, 2009 and ended on March 3, 2010. Cher is also set to co-star in the film, her first starring role since 2003’s Stuck on you and first musical film. She plays Tess, a former dancer who struggles to keep the nightclub open and serves as a mentor to Christina Aguilera’s character, Ali.
Aguilera’s love interest will be played by Cam Gigandet, and Stanley Tucci has been cast as the nightclub’s manager. Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, Eric Dane, and Julianne Hough have all signed on to the film as well. Antin wrote the script, which was later revised and edited by Susannah Grant.
Before Kristen Bell was confirmed for the role of Nikki it was reported that several actresses were considered for the role including; Jessica Biel and Lindsay Lohan, Aguilera told reporters that her choice for the role of Nikki was actress Emma Stone.
Also before Cam Gigandet was confirmed for the role of Jack other actors were also considered for the role including; Robert Pattinson, Kellan Lutz and Taylor Lautner, also Eric Dane’s role of Marcus was considered for other actors including Patrick Dempsey, Casey Affleck and Jamie Foxx.