Disney superstar Miley Cyrus leaves the comfortable confines of 'Hannah Montana' for a walk on the wild -- or at least PG-rated -- side, stepping into her first grown-up (sort of) role in 'The Last Song,' Disney's screen adaptation of novelist Nicholas Sparks' teen romance tearjerker.

And from the look of the movie's trailer, Miley's charisma has enough energy to light up a small town, but what about her range as a leading lady? Disney superstar Miley Cyrus leaves the comfortable confines of 'Hannah Montana' for a walk on the wild -- or at least PG-rated -- side, stepping into her first grown-up (sort of) role in 'The Last Song,' Disney's screen adaptation of novelist Nicholas Sparks' teen romance tearjerker.

And from the look of the movie's trailer, Miley's charisma has enough energy to light up a small town, but what about her range as a leading lady?

Character-driven and showcasing the dysfunctional side of life and love, 'The Last Song' is a good fit for first-time movie director Julie Anne Robinson, whose CV includes stints directing episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Weeds.' But the edgy family drama is a far cry from the campy fun of 'Hannah Montana,' with Cyrus playing a rebellious big city girl who spends an awkward, life-changing summer reconnecting with her estranged small-town dad (Greg Kinnear) a few years after her parents' divorce shattered the family.

Add into the mix the revelation of a tragic family secret, a bit of blackmail, some reputation-tarnishing betrayal and typical teen pressures revolving around sex and self-identity and Sparks' story gives Cyrus a flexible platform to stretch her acting talent.



The film's two-and-a-half minute trailer, however, favors soft-focus glam scenes and glosses over the story's more intense moments, with the most captivating aspect of the teaser being the mega-watt chemistry of Cyrus and co-star Liam Hemsworth, whose blossoming off-screen romance has kept celebrity blogs buzzing these past couple of months. The highly stylized scenes of the couple getting acquainted resemble an A&F catalog come to life, and the connection in their eyes smolders in a way that would make any parent nervous, and every acting coach proud.

Co-produced by 'A Walk to Remember' director Adam Shankman and Miley's mom, Tish Cyrus, 'The Last Song' aims to recreate for Cyrus the success of the 2002 teen drama 'A Walk to Remember,' which was a star vehicle for fellow pop tart Mandy Moore and was based on Sparks' 1999 book. Moviegoers will have to wait until the film is released on April 2, 2010 to (hopefully) experience the full scope of Cyrus' dramatic acting chops.