She might already be queen of the music charts, but Christina Aguilera is extending her reign into the realm of tiny hats in EW’s exclusive first look photo from her upcoming movie Zoe.
The futuristic sci-fi drama — directed by Equals helmer Drake Doremus — is billed as a forbidden love story between an android, Zoe (Léa Seydoux), and her divorced colleague, Cole (Ewan McGregor), at a high-tech research facility specializing in perfecting a computerized system that pairs humans with their ideal match — which also includes a pool of robotic life forms known as “synthetics.” All seems well until Zoe discovers a harsh truth about their relationship, driving a wedge between the central lovers as the titular character embarks on a journey of discovery as her pairing with Cole hangs in limbo.
Aguilera has a small role as a robotic prostitute named Jewels who, by the looks of it, has a penchant for accessorizing (and running her hands through unkempt beards) while she works in an underground brothel.
“Originally elements of Zoe were going to be a TV show and then we realized that it was a film instead. The idea was just an amalgamation of a lot of feelings and questions we had about our own existence and relationships,” says Doremus, who helmed the film based on a script by Richard Greenberg, via press statement. “The film is also very much about longing for the things that we need and desire as humans… I’m super interested in what people think they are missing in their lives and how they go about filling those holes in their hearts. What also interests me about it is, what we tell ourselves isn’t good for us, actually is in the end. It’s sometimes easier to be attracted to people that aren’t good for you and it’s a shame. This one’s really about the ability to let yourself be loved by the right person.”
Zoe marks Aguilera’s first live-action movie role since fronting the cast of the 2010 musical Burlesque alongside Cher. She subsequently appeared on three episodes of the TV drama Nashville in 2015, and later lent her voice to the 2017 animated flick The Emoji Movie before returning to television as a guest judge on the season 10 premiere on RuPaul’s Drag Race in March. The singer, who’s rumored to be dropping a new album later this year, is next set to appear as herself in the Melissa McCarthy comedy Life of the Party, due out May 11.
Though a distributor for the project has yet to be announced, Zoe — also starring Theo James, Rashida Jones, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Miranda Otto — is set to world-premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday.