We Find It Hard To Believe That Vanessa Hudgens Cannot Pay The ‘Rent’

Becky Bain | April 9, 2010 - 12:30 pm

If you thought casting Jessica Biel in Guys and Dolls was a, how do you say, “interesting” choice, well, you may not be as kind when describing this latest announcement: High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens will play Mimi in the production of Rent taking place at the Hollywood Bowl this August. The 21-year old is trading in her squeaky-clean persona (what’s left of it after that leaked photo scandal, anyway) to play the part of an HIV-positive junkie stripper in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, directed by Neil Patrick Harris (who played Mark in the second national tour). Let’s just round out the inevitably tween-demo-heavy cast now by picking Zac Efron to play Roger, Ke$ha to play Maureen and all three Jonas Brothers to play drag queen Angel.