kristen bell cast in burlesque

Couple’s Retreat star Kristen Bell has just signed on for a new role, and it’s in a musical. A lot of you may not know this but Veronica Mars has some serious vocal talent, and she will showcase it in an upcoming film opposite Christina Aguilera. According to THR, Bell will co-star in Burlesque, a musical that will be directed by Steve Antin.

Burlesque centers on a small town girl (Aguilera in her first major film role) with a big voice, who finds love and success in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club, reminiscent of the nightclub in Bob Fosse’s Cabaret. Bell will play Nikki, the loose-cannon lead dancer and main attraction at the club who spirals out of control when Aguilera’s character suddenly gets the spotlight. The cast also includes Cher and Stanley Tucci in supporting roles.

Production on Burlesque is scheduled to start November 9th, for a Thanksgiving 2010 theatrical release. Watch out everybody, we’re going to have a serious cat fight on our hands with these two singing divas. As I stated before, Bell is no spring chicken when it comes to music. She’s done her fair share of stage work, and is a trained vocalist. I can’t wait to hear these two go at it.

What do you think of Kristen Bell joining the cast of Burlesque?