Vanessa Hudgens, one of the stars of Disney’s ridiculously popular High School Musical franchise, is slowly beginning to distance herself from her more innocent days. In order to completely break away from the teen-oriented fare she’s known for, Hudgens will portray a sultry stripper in the upcoming Lionsgate thriller Frozen Ground.
According to MovieWeb, writer-director Scott Walker’s feature also stars Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, who worked together on Simon West’s 90s action-adventure Con Air. This time around, Cage will portray an Alaskan detective who is tracking an elusive serial killer (Cusack). However, our hero must work against the clock as the bodies start to pile up all around Anchorage. Hudgens will portray a teenage girl who helps Cage locate this madman before he can strike again.
Screen Rant reports that, while IMDb currently has the film’s release set for November 20, this date is apparently no longer accurate.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Vanessa Hudgens has attempted to move beyond her Disney Channel roots. In 2011, she appeared in filmmaker Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, a film which finds Hudgens portraying a stripper with a penchant for automatic weaponry. In a more impressive move, Hudgens will co-star with Selena Gomez and James Franco in controversial director Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, which is set to premiere this September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Portraying darker characters is almost a rite of passage for young Hollywood actresses. Kristen Stewart recently attempted the same thing with Jake Scott’s 2010 drama Welcome to the Rileys, which finds the Twilight star portraying a stripper. In 2007, Lindsay Lohan went from harmless PG-13 fare to Chris Sivertson’s dark and sleazy thriller I Know Who Killed Me. Of course, the less said about Elizabeth Berkley’s Showgirls fiasco, the better.
Unfortunately for Vanessa Hudgens fans, Frozen Ground doesn’t have a proper release date. However, the latest trailer, which is definitely not safe for work, has been released.