Paris Hilton Joins Bousman's Rock Opera

And yep, she'll be starring AND singing...

by | July 30, 2007 | Comments

Remember how Saw sequel maker Darren Lynn Bousman recently signed a deal to do a musical called Repo! The Genetic Opera? Yeah, for Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate. And you’ll never guess who he just cast in a singing role.

Yes, that’s right. None other than Paris Hilton will join Paul Sorvino and Alexa Vega in Mr. Bousman’s passion project: An odd-sounding musical piece he co-created with Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich. According to Variety, "Hilton will sing in a futuristic thriller framed around musical numbers that range from opera to rock. The setting is 2056, when a plague nearly destroys the human race and survival is dependent upon being able to finance a pricey organ transplant."

Hoo boy. Sounds like it could be the next Rocky Horror Picture Show … or maybe the next Xanadu. Why Hilton? Here’s what Mr. Bousman had to say: "I have auditioned at least 30 actresses for this role — Paris came in and owned it.  She is this role." Really? More than she was the character in, say, House of Wax, Bottoms Up, and Pledge This? Gimmick casting, to be sure, but I’m afraid Darren may have just alienated more than half his audience right there. I mean … I’m a big fan of the Saw flicks, but buying a ticket to Paris Hilton movie? I just don’t see it.

Source: Variety

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