LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – On the verge of her 18th birthday, Miley Cyrus may be taking a step into the darkness.
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The Disney princess is attached to star in an adaptation of Lisa McMann’s young-adult paranormal thriller novel “Wake” for Paramount Pictures and MTV Films.
“Wake” is the first of three New York Times best-sellers about a 17-year-old girl named Janie with the unwanted ability to become sucked into people’s dreams. Not surprisingly, she sees things she would rather not see. But when she gets pulled into a terrible nightmare, Janie dangerously goes from mere witness to participant.
The edgy sequels, “Fade” and “Gone,” detail her investigations with boyfriend Cabel into the perverse activities of teachers at their school and the difficult fate that lies ahead for her.
Cyrus most recently starred in the Disney films “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and “The Last Song,” which together grossed $230 million worldwide. She also performed the lead voice role in the 2008 animated film “Bolt,” also from Disney.
In recent months, the pop icon has fielded some criticism for displaying more overt sexuality at her live performances. Cyrus has repeatedly professed her comfort with the way she presents herself and her body, so moves into more mature material in her film career would seem to be a natural part of that progression. Her commitment to “Wake” rests on the script adaptation from “Disturbia” co-writer Christopher Landon.