– VANESSA Hudgens has landed a new movie role. The High School School Musical star — who has been involved in two embarrassing naked photo scandals over the past few years — is to play HIV-positive stripper Mimi in this summer’s Hollywood Bowl production of Rent. The three-night staging — which takes place on August 6, 7, and 8 — marks How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris‘ directorial debut.
“She came in for a work session, and I must say, Vanessa really impressed,” Harris said in a statement.
“She looks amazing, has great vocal chops, and seems really committed to honoring the somewhat iconic role of Mimi.”