British Pop Star Leona Lewis to Make Film Debut
"X Factor U.K." winner Leona Lewis will make her big-screen debut in "Holiday!," a British musical directed by the StreetDance franchise team Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini.
The movie, produced by U.K. indie production and distribution banner Vertigo Films, stars fresh faces Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton and Giulio Berruti, alongside Greg Wise ("Sense & Sensibility") and British TV comedian Katy Brand.
The movie, originally named "Walking on Sunshine," details the story of a holiday romance love triangle, an upcoming wedding and old flames.
"StreetDance 3D," released in 2010, earned north of $17 million.
It is shooting in Italy and the U.K. and promises a soundtrack of hits from the British charts from the 1980s, including Human League’s "Don’t You Want Me," Madonna’s "Holiday," Cyndi Lauper’s "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and Wham!’s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go."
The behind-camera talent includes Academy Award-winning music producer and composer Anne Dudley, who recently worked on the Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway starrer Les Miserables.
Billed as the ultimate chick flick, "Holiday!" is being produced by Allan Niblo and James Richardson at Vertigo Films and executive produced by Rupert Preston and Nigel Williams from Vertigo Films, Stuart Ford from IM Global and Al Munteanu from Square One Entertainment.
IM Global is handling international sales.
Holiday! will be released by Vertigo Films in summer 2014 in the U.K.
Lewis is one of the most popular artists to emerge from the reality-TV format in Britain. After winning the 2006 edition of "The X-Factor," she converted her popularity to mega-sales of her debut album, 2007’s "Spirit." The set became the fastest-selling debut album and the biggest seller of the year.