That's Hot: Paris to Star in Futuristic Opera
Socialite resumes film career with splashy sci-fi musical
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2007 12:26 PM CDT
Paris Hilton poses as she arrives as a guest to the premiere of the film "Rush Hour 3" at Mann's Chinese Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Monday July 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Paris Hilton will sing in a big-screen rock opera, playing an evil mogul’s daughter in a futuristic drama about organ transplants. She beat out "at least 30 actresses" who auditioned for the role in Repo! The Genetic Opera, the director tells Variety. “Paris came in and owned it," says Darren Lynn Bousman. "She is this role.”

The gig will be Hilton’s first since leaving jail; in the wake of the cancellation of "The Simple Life," it ensures her pop-culture presence for at least a few more multiples of 15 minutes. She has appeared in films including House of Wax and Raising Helen, and her self-titled album reached No. 6 on US music charts last year.