'High School Musical' Star Nabs Role in MGM DVD Premiere28 Aug, 2007 By: Stephanie Prange
MGM has inked High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale for the lead in Picture This, a DVD Premiere feature going into production this week.
“Ashley is clearly a huge talent,” said Jason Weiss, VP of MGM's DVD Premiere division. “She has built an incredible following and has become an icon for today's teen audience.”
Picture This tells the comedic misadventures of Mandy (Tisdale), an ordinary high school girl who suddenly finds herself the object of affection of the most popular boy in school. Grounded, Mandy must find a way to make it to his party while preventing her father from finding out.
“Picture This is a perfect vehicle for [Tisdale] to showcase both her acting and singing talents,” Weiss said.
Written by Temple Matthews (Little Mermaid II, Return to Neverland), the feature is shooting in Montreal. Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus) will direct, with Brian Reilly and Patrick Hughes producing.
Named one of Teen People's “25 Hottest Stars Under 25,” Tisdale is best known for her role in the Disney Channel original movies High School Musical and High School Musical 2. High School Musical 2, which premiered on the Disney Channel Aug. 17, ranked as the most-watched cable telecast ever. Tisdale is also known for her role as Maddie in the Disney Channel series “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and as the voice of Candice in the animated series “Phineas and Ferb.”
Tisdale's debut album for Warner Bros. Records, Headstrong, sold more than 70,000 copies during its first week, and her new version of “Kiss the Girl” is featured on the special edition DVD of The Little Mermaid.