The singer is "speechless" about getting to work with Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Penélope Cruz

By Christina Tapper
Updated July 30, 2008 12:20 PM
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Quick, which actor on this cast list is just happy to be here: Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Pen lope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Dame Judi Dench and Fergie?

That’s right, thanks to Chicago director Rob Marshall, Fergie will play a prostitute in the movie musical Nine, alongside those Oscar night faves, according to an Associated Press interview.

“I’m speechless,” says Fergie, 33, who will sing a duet, “Be Italian,” with Day-Lewis.

“[My character] introduces him to the world of sexuality,” said the Grammy winner. “It’s a very strong song. I’m just thrilled I get to play a character.”

That’s not all she’s psyched about: The “London Bridge” singer can’t wait to watch her costars in action when filming begins in October.

“I’m definitely going to be a sponge on set,” said Fergie. “I want to pick up on everything that all these brilliant actors are bringing to the table.”

She added: “I’m probably going to be the quietest that I’ve ever been while working just because I want to watch and learn.”

But Fergie is no big-screen rookie: She’s also appeared in Poseidon and last year’s Grindhouse.

And in other Fergalicious news, the singer is currently working a new album with the Black Eyed Peas.

“It’s a new sound,” she said. “We’re not doing the same old thing. We’re not trying to copy what’s out there on the radio. We’re being artistic and pushing the envelope.”