Miley, less smiley, grows up and into film career

Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:24pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Long smoochy kisses on the beach, a stud in her pierced nose, urban punk clothes?

Miley Cyrus fans better get used to it, because they ain't seen nothing yet.

The 'tween idol is tossing off what she calls the "security blanket" of Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" TV series with her new role as a rebellious teen in romantic "Last Song", opening in the United States on March 31.

But that seems mere child's play compared to the next likely venture in her bid to establish herself as a grown-up movie actress.

Cyrus, 17, said she expects to play the lead in a "really dark, edgy and cool" movie called "LOL: Laughing Out Loud" -- a U.S. remake, currently in development, of a 2009 French movie.

"It is pretty gnarly," Cyrus told Reuters. "It is about a daughter who is involved with all the wrong kids, doing drugs, failing school, but the mother has her on this perfect pedestal. I just fell in love with the story."

It's the kind of role that Cyrus clearly relishes as she leaves behind the schoolgirl turned pop star "Hannah Montana" that made her a worldwide tween idol in 2006.

The first step in her rise to movie stardom is drama "The Last Song", a movie written for her by Nicholas Sparks, the author of best-selling novels adapted into films like "The Notebook", "Dear John" and "Message in a Bottle."   Continued...