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Miley Gets a Franchise! Miley Gets a Franchise!

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 17, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 17, 2010 |

Maybe one of the most overlooked, under-appreciated actresses of the last five years is finally getting the movie franchise she deserves. I don’t know if any of you have heard of Miley Cyrus, but she’s the daughter of a country singer of little note back in the ’90s. The actress — who is in a long-running television show aimed at teenagers called “Hannah Montana” — hasn’t had much big-screen work yet, save for a concert film last year. but I had the opportunity to see her in a little gem called The Last Song with Greg Kinnear earlier this year. It’s based on one of those sweet, not-at-all cloying Nicholas Sparks novels, and when Miley Cyrus’ dad unexpectedly died of cancer at the end of the movie, I was stunned at the emotive power of Cyrus. This girl is going places!

Anyway, THR is reporting that Hollywood may be catching on to her talent, as she is set to star in the paranormal thriller called Wake, which is based on a young-adult novel written by Lisa McMann. Christopher Landon (Disturbia) has been assigned the task of adapting the movie for the screen.

But the really good news is this: Wake is part of a trilogy of books, and assuming that the rest of America comes around to the same conclusion as I have about this obscure Disney princess — that she’s a stunning revelation! — then there’s a possibility that we’ll get to see two more entries in the franchise. I know! Squee, right?!

If you are not familiar with Wake, the novel is about “a 17-year-old girl named Janie with the unwanted ability to become sucked into people’s dreams. Not surprisingly, she sees things she would rather not see. But when she gets pulled into a terrible nightmare, Janie dangerously goes from mere witness to participant.” Wow! That’s dark, gritty territory, but I’m absolutely certain that Cyrus is up to the challenge. I’m looking forward to Wake’s eventual release, and I expect Oscar gold in Cyrus’ future.

Also, most of you probably don’t know this, but Miley Cyrus has been trying her hand at pop music, too. Pretty edgy stuff, and it’s stripped down folksy stuff, which allows us to truly appreciate the beautiful voice that God has given her. Check out her latest:

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