September 12, 2008 / 2:06 AM / 9 years ago

Mariah Carey movie set for December release

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<p>Mariah Carey performs during the 2008 Fashion Rocks concert to begin the 2009 Spring/Summer Fashion Week in New York September 5, 2008.Lucas Jackson</p>

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Seven years after her disastrous movie headlining debut "Glitter," pop star Mariah Carey will return to theaters in December.

Vivendi Entertainment has acquired all domestic rights to the road trip drama "Tennessee," which premiered at this spring's Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The quiet -- and at times moody -- drama centers on two lower-middle class brothers (Adam Rothenberg, Ethan Peck) who take to the road to resolve their economic and health challenges. Along the way they meet a waitress (Carey) whose dreams of a singing career have been dashed by a bad marriage.

Though not a musical, director Lee Daniels' film features Carey performing the original ballad "Right to Dream," which she co-wrote with Willie Nelson.

"Glitter," a widely panned musical drama, earned just $4.3 million at the North American box office in fall 2001. She had a cameo role as herself in this summer's comedy "You Don't Mess with the Zohan."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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