Paula Abdul will star in and play a key creative role in Bratz: The Movie, Arad Productions and Crystal Sky's upcoming film based on the hit fashion doll line. Lionsgate holds US rights

Shooting is set to begin in February in time for an August 2007 release.

Abdul, a bestselling singer, Hollywood choreographer and most recently American Idol judge, will serve as executive producer and work on music, choreography and fashion on the project.

She will also work with director Sean McNamara and producers Avi Arad, Crystal Sky's Steven Paul and Isaac Larian of Bratz manufacturer MGA Entertainment to unearth fresh talent for the film. Crystal Sky Pictures president Benedict Carver will serve alongside Abdul as executive producer.

It is understood the storyline will follow four socially diverse girls who empower each other by eschewing high school cliques, celebrating their individuality and following their dreams.

'I am extremely excited about working on this film, which incorporates and celebrates so many of my passions, from music, dance and choreography to fashion and design,' Abdul said.

'As a brand, Bratz encourages young girls to follow their dreams and express themselves. This authentic and organic philosophy has always been an important part of my life and my work and I will always continue to nurture new talent while keeping their dreams alive.'