Leona Lewis Goes '80s Glam in Acting Debut -- See a Sneak Peek of 'Walking on Sunshine'
By Sophie Schillaci
Well, this is definitely a new look for Leona Lewis!
The "Bleeding Love" singer busts out her best '80s gear for a very special girls night out in the new movie musical, Walking on Sunshine. See an exclusive sneak peek in the player above, featuring an ensemble mashup of Cyndi Lauper's 1983 classic, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and Duran Duran's "Wild Boys."
This marks the X Factor winner's first-ever acting gig, taking on the role of Elena. The film takes place in Puglia, Italy, where Lewis' character lives with her longtime boyfriend. The plot centers on an impending wedding in the gorgeous coastal town, while the bride's sister struggles with feelings for an old flame. The hitch? He's the groom.
"Incorporating singing as well as acting was a perfect fit and I'm an '80s baby so grew up listening to Madonna and Cyndi Lauper," Lewis said. "Also, Elena was somebody I thought resonated with me and I really wanted to tell her story. I have always enjoyed theatre and did a lot when I was younger so for this for be my first role was a great opportunity."
The film also stars Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton, Katy Brand and Giulio Berruti and is directed by the creators of the UK's version of Step Up, called Street Dance. Lewis' role found the 30-year-old smack in the middle of the bridal love triangle, as the best friend of the two sisters.
The nostalgia-filled soundtrack is available now on iTunes, featuring new versions of "How Will I Know?" "White Wedding," "It Must Have Been Love," and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go." You can see the film beginning May 29 on iTunes, Xbox, GooglePlay, Amazon InstantDirecTV, Comcast, Cox, Dish, and Verizon.
Lewis is seriously on fire right now - see the video for her brand new single "Fire Under My Feet" below.