Vanessa Hudgens Turns Beastly

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Entertainment Tonight reports that “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens will topline CBS Films’ Beastly, based on Alex Flinn’s young-adult novel.

The Manhattan-set and modern-day take on “Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of a handsome rich kid with a mean streak. When he ditches a date, a curse is placed upon him, turning him into everything he hates. The grotesque transformation leaves him with the seemingly impossible task of finding true love to break the ugly spell.

ET also says that Alex Pettyfer is in talks to join the cast. The film will shoot in summer 2009.