American Idol' Runner-Up Jessica Sanchez Rumored For 'Miss Saigon

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jessica-sanchez-16MTV, July 5, 2012

Charice also under consideration

Fresh off inking her first record deal with Interscope, "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez is now rumored to be in contention for the lead role in the film adaptation of "Miss Saigon."

A musical adaptation of the opera "Madame Butterfly," "Miss Saigon" is a tragic tale of doomed love between a Vietnamese prostitute and an American G.I. in Saigon during the Vietnam War. According to, 16-year-old Sanchez is in talks for the tough title role of Kim.

The Lee Daniels-directed film has been in preproduction for the past three years. Writers include Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel SchÖnberg, who penned Les Misérables, which is also being released on film, starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.

The pop opera, full of ballads, seems right up Sanchez's alley. The pint-sized belter shone on "American Idol" by nailing the likes of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" to her finale song, "Change Nothing."

Although the young singer has never acted, she has already received support from the original "Miss Saigon" of Broadway, Lea Salonga, who was a mere 18 when she took on the role. "If she's the one that they've chosen, or she's somebody in serious consideration, then that's a good thing," Salonga said. "We all know she's talented, we all know she's actually quite beautiful."

No release date has been announced for the film, but Sanchez is not the only actress vying for the part: The rumor mill claims "Glee" guest star Charice is also in consideration.

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