Zack Snyder Hits Vanessa Hudgens With A ‘Sucker Punch’

Last week, MTV’s Matt Harper paid a visit to the set of “Beastly,” opening July 2010, where he got a chance to sit down and chat with “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens. She happily discussed a range of topics, including her recent decision to pull back from the music a bit so she can focus on her acting. I can’t say I blame her, given the upcoming gig she’s got with “300” director Zack Snyder: “Sucker Punch.”

“I’m extremely excited,” Hudgens said. “When I read about the project I was like, ‘that’d be great, but its not going to happen’…and now it actually is!” The big draw for Hudgens is really the director himself. “It’s an honor, I’m such a big fan of his work.”

For “Sucker Punch,” Snyder will bring his trademark blend of fantasy and action to the story of young girl who is institutionalized by an abusive stepfather. In order to survive in this new setting, the girl retreats into a fantasy world of her own creation. It all seems innocent — if exceedingly dark — enough, until the imaginary place becomes a tool which she uses to plan an escape.

Early chatter indicates that Amanda Seyfried will take the starring role as the incarcerated young woman. Hudgens has been cast as Blondie, one of the fellow inmates. IMDB also lists Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung and Abbie Cornish as cast members. The story for “Sucker Punch” comes from a Snyder collaboration with first-timer Steve Shibuya.

To her credit, Hudgens is excited about this opportunity to move beyond the kiddie appeal of “High School Musical.” “I’m a person that’s not content with the same thing for too long, so I love mixing it up, I love dipping my feet in different things,” Hudgens said.

Asked about what her preferences are when she looks for acting opportunities, Hudgens keeps an open mind. “[That’s] why I’m doing a fantasy love story [like “Beastly”] now… and then an action film… and before that was a musical. So [action movies are] definitely something I want to revisit.”

Stay tuned for an additional “Sucker Punch” update later today, in which Hudgens talk about how she came to be cast in the role of Blondie.

What do you think of Snyder’s casting choice in Hudgens? Do you think she has the chops to shed any nagging preconception after her “High School Musical” role and thrive in more adult scenarios? What are your thoughts on the concept behind “Sucker Punch”?