Avril Lands A Role In Richard Gere Crime Drama 'The Flock'

Singer is shooting her scenes this week in New Mexico.

She's gone from acting like a teen skate punk to a grown-up seductress in her videos, so it makes sense that Avril Lavigne would try her hand at some big-screen emoting. The singer, who recently wrapped a world tour, is taking a break from music for a part in "The Flock," an upcoming Richard Gere/ Claire Danes movie

Lavigne will be in New Mexico this week to film her handful of scenes, according to a spokesperson for her management, who said the 21-year-old singer is just testing the waters with a few lines in the indie crime drama. Lavigne went through the standard audition process to land the role in the movie, in which Gere plays a federal agent who has to track down a missing girl he is convinced has a connection to the paroled sex offender he is tracking.

The spokesperson would not reveal any more information about Lavigne's character, but said that the singer has a couple more projects she plans to work on before she starts to think about recording her third album. Among them is an upcoming role as a possum named Heather in the animated DreamWorks film "Over the Hedge," due in May. In her first film role, she'll share (virtual) screen time with William Shatner, onscreen dad Bruce Willis and Gary Shandling.

Lavigne has already begun writing songs for her next album, which she is not expected to start recording until mid- to late 2006. Though she'll be concentrating on film work and writing songs, the spokesperson said Lavigne will make select live appearances throughout 2006.

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