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

Mariah Carey movie set for December release

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

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

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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