Despite its sunny title, it seems that Selena Gomez’s next film is going to be anything but a joyful romp.
“Kids” writer Harmony Korine at the directing wheel, “Spring Breakers” will take a turn for the dark and unwieldy. Which is fine for 19-year-old Gomez, whose film docket is quickly getting filled up with films that could make Disney execs blush.
The flick follows a group of college girls (played by Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson) who rob a restaurant to pay for their spring break. After landing in jail, they quickly become entangled with a drug and arms dealer who bails them out. James Franco stars in the film as the cornrow-wearing bad guy.
“It’s really fun. It’s completely different than anything I’ve done before,” she added. “People are going to be a little surprised, I think, by the choice. But it’s such a good movie. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s about actual spring break and it’s just, they kind of take it to a whole other level.”
She gushed about the chance to work with Korine, who she said took her acting to a new level. “It’s great. The freedom we had, I mean Harmony, the director, was so flexible with us,” she explained. “He just really allowed us to push ourselves, which was nice. He never said we did anything wrong. He just said it was a choice. He gave us these locations and just said, ’Act like you’re on spring break.’ ”
In addition to “Spring Breakers,” Gomez is also attached to a thriller with Ethan Hawke, “The Getaway,” as well as Eli Roth’s next flick, “Aftershock.”
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