Kristen Bell will dance in “Burlesque”


I officially declare this the year of Kristen Bell. She’s everywhere lately, proving there’s a lot more to her than the soothing voice of Gossip Girl, so it’s only natural that she’d come out of the shadows of voiceover work — and in a big way.

The Veronica Mars star will be seen in a handful of new movies this season, starting with Couples Retreat, which opened this weekend, and co-stars Vince Vaughn and Jason Bateman (who, like Bell, was the star of another insanely amazing television show that for some godforsaken reason only lasted three seasons: Arrested Development).

But enough of dwelling on the past: It was just announced that Bell has been cast as Christina Aguilera‘s rival in a new musical feature, Burlesque, which also stars Cher, Stanley Tucci and Twilight‘s Cam Gigandet. But back to the main point: Kristen Bell. Doing burlesque.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film, which begins filming next month and is set to release next Thanksgiving, centers on “an ambitious small-town girl (Aguilera) with a big-town voice who finds love and success in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club, reminiscent of the nightclub in Bob Fosse’s Cabaret.”

Bell, in turn, plays the club’s “loose-cannon lead dancer and main attraction”, Nikki, who gets jealous when Aguilera starts getting all the attention. I wonder if she tries to taser her.

While we have to wait until next year to find out, we’ll see Bell in numerous roles until then to hold us over. She stars in the romantic comedy When in Rome, due out in January, and recently finished shooting the Disney comedy You Again, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver.

Kristen Bell, I know you’re really busy lately, but would a Veronica Mars movie really be that much more to add to your plate? I don’t think so.

xoxo, jamie

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