Legendary entertainer Cher has inked a deal to star alongside Christina Aguilera in the “Genie In A Bottle” star’s motion picture debut, Screen Gems’ musical Burlesque.

Christina will play a talented young singer from a small town who finds success and love while performing at a burlesque club in Los Angeles. Cher will play Tess, a former dancer who runs the club, Variety has learned.

“She brings a soulfulness and gravitas to this character that will ground the story,” he tells the trade paper. “The only person who was more excited than I am is Christina,” Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper told the trade mag late Monday.

Burlesque will be the first movie appearance for Cher since her role in Tea with Mussolini in 1999.