Eric Dane joins 'Burlesque'

Principal photography underway in Los Angeles

"Grey's Anatomy" star Eric Dane has joined "Burlesque," Screen Gems' musical drama which stars Christina Aguilera and Cher.

"Burlesque" centers on the journey of an ambitious small-town girl (Aguilera) with a big-town voice who finds love and success in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club, reminiscent of the nightclub in Bob Fosse's "Cabaret."

Dane is playing the role of a charming, highly successful businessman who offers to buy out of the burlesque club from Cher and vies for Aguilera's heart.

Dane rounds out a cast that also includes Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Kristen Bell, Julianne Hough and Alan Cumming.

Principal photography on the Steve Antin-directed production began last week in Los Angeles. The movie will be released Thanksgiving 2010.

Donald De Line is producing.

Dane, repped by CAA and Management 360, last appeared on the big-screen in "Marley & Me" and will be seen in New Line's "Valentine's Day."