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

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.