The actress, who will turn 18 later this month, will be playing a "tough, street smart" character, according to Exclusive Media Group, the company that is financing the film. Cyrus has obviously demonstrated her flair for comedy, but it sounds like a big stretch to buy her as a "tough, street smart" detective. In his review of 'The Last Song,' our own John Gholson observed: "You don't have to be a chameleon-like actor to be a movie star, and Cyrus is definitely at her most appealing when she's playing a variation of her own personality, rather than posturing as the surly brat. She's not fooling anybody."
Then again, maybe that's the point. If she's to have any kind of film career, she needs to expand her range. This summer we heard that her sexy starring role in 'LOL (Laughing Out Loud)' will push her toward the dark side in a movie that Cinematical's Jenni Miller described as sounding "a bit like 'Thirteen' mixed with 'Showgirls.'"
After that, moving on to a role that plays to her strength in comedy may be her best move. And, unlike most movies set at colleges, which feature actors in their mid-to-late 20s (and beyond) trying to act younger, Cyrus will have no trouble passing as a student.
Tom Vaughan will direct. He has the smash hit comedy 'What Happens in Vegas' under his belt, as well as the medical drama misfire 'Extraordinary Measures.' Production on 'So Undercover' will begin next month; a US studio distribution deal is said to be in the offing.
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