Ashley Tisdale has been cast as one of the leads in Dimension Films' Scary Movie 5, The Weinstein Company announced today. The film is set to begin production this summer, targeting a January 11, 2013 release.
Tisdale joins director Malcolm Lee, who will be teaming up and working side by side with director David Zucker (the Airplane and The Naked Gun franchises). Zucker wrote and directed Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4 and is also co-writing and producing Scary Movie 5.
The Scary Movie franchise, which lampoons the greatest in horror and genre fare, has grossed over $800 million worldwide.
Tisdale is still best known for her breakout role as Sharpay Evans in the Emmy Award-winning High School Musical franchise. The first two films broke cable television records and Walt Disney Pictures released the third installment as a feature film. High School Musical 3: Senior Year set a box office record as the highest grossing opening weekend total for a musical. Tisdale reprised her role in the Disney Channel original film Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure and the telefilm was the #1 watched show on cable for the night. “Miss Advised,” the first show she produced through her Blondie Girl Productions shingle, will premiere on Bravo on June 18th. Her other credits include voicing Candace in “Phineas and Ferb,” the CW drama “Hellcats” as well as the film Aliens in the Attic.