“High School Musical” star [movieperson id=”318323″]Vanessa Hudgens[/movieperson] has signed on for the teen romance flick “Beastly.” The story is based on the novel by Alex Flinn about a vain New York teen who is transformed to look ugly in order to find true love, Variety reports.
The film will be directed by Daniel Barnz, who also wrote the script. Hudgens was also recently cast in the all-girl action flick “Sucker Punch,” co-written and directed by Zack Snyder of “300” and “Watchmen” fame.
Set in the 1950s, “Sucker Punch” is about a young woman (played by Emily Browning of “The Uninvited”) who undergoes a lobotomy and is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. While institutionalized she enters her own fantasy world, where she must steal objects in order to escape. The film also stars Jena Stone, Abbie Cornish and Jamie Chung.
This summer, Hudgens’ fans can see her in the teen musical comedy “Bandslam,” in which she stars as “weird” rocker chick Sam and once again has to sing her heart out on the screen.
“I didn’t think it would be this much music when I came here,” she told MTV News on the Austin, Texas, set of “Bandslam” last year. “And they are like, ‘We are going to have two weeks of music rehearsals,’ and I was like, ‘What?’ But it was really cool. It’s definitely not the kind of music I do normally.”
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