Just as Madonna did 15 years ago, pop princess Britney Spears is venturing from the stage to the big screen.
The 19-year-old singer has signed on to star in a coming-of-age movie to be co-produced by her music label, Jive Records, her agent, Brian Swardstrom, told Associated Press on Wednesday.
Tamra Davis ("Half Baked") will begin directing the as-yet-untitled film in March, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film has a relatively low budget by industry standards, $10 million.
Spears will play a model student who reunites with two former friends on a cross-country road trip. Along the way, they meet a would-be musician who convinces them to go to Los Angeles to compete in a musical contest that will allow Spears a chance to show off her singing and dancing prowess.
Spears launched her entertainment career as an actress on the Disney Channel's "The Mickey Mouse Club," and has since guested on episodes of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "The Simpsons."
"[Acting] is something I'd like to experience in the long run just to experience it and see what it's like, you know," Spears said last year. "But, I'll always go back to my music because that's where my heart is."
Oops! ... I Did It Again, Spears latest album, has sold nearly 8 million copies and garnered two Grammy nominations, including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the album's title track (see "Dr. Dre, Beyonce Lead Grammy Nominees").
Spears also recently signed a $1 million book deal with the Random House imprint Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, which will publish a novel written by Spears and her mother, Lynne. Spears' autobiography, "Heart to Heart," already has sold more than 150,000 copies, according to Reuters.