Vanessa Hudgens Lives For 'Machete Kills'

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Vanessa Hudgens is continuing to run as far from "High School Musical" as possible.

The "Sucker Punch" beauty is the latest addition to the ever-growing ensemble of Robert Rodriguez's grindhouse sequel, "Machete Kills," according to The Playlist.

News of Hudgens' involvement comes via her own official site, where it's revealed that she'll be playing the role of Cereza. As that's Spanish for "cherry," it should give you some idea of what kind of gal she is — yet another scantily-clad object of desire that probably knows how to shoot a gun and/or throw a knife.

Rodriguez has never been shy about showing off his (dis-) tastes, after all.

Hudgens joins a cast that now includes Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga. If this doesn't end up being the weirdest movie ever made, it certainly won't be from lack of trying.

Vanessa Hudgens has been keeping things edgy lately, distancing herself from the likes of such cutesy outings as "Beastly" and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." She's got a role in Harmony Korine's upcoming "Spring Breakers" as well as this winter's serial killer thriller, "The Frozen Ground." She'll also soon be seen as a pregnant homeless teenager in "Gimme Shelter."

"Machete Kills" will hit theaters sometime in 2013.