Fans of ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" are about to get an indie education thanks to Ashley Benson and her new role in Harmony Korine's next film.
The starlet is joining yet another group of fresh-faced ladies — Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez among them — in "Spring Breakers," in which the trio will play coeds who try to rob a fast food restaurant to pay for their spring vacation. When they get popped, a local criminal (James Franco) springs them from jail in exchange for killing his nemesis.
Emma Roberts recently dropped out of the movie, and it's not clear if Benson is taking over her role or not as there's still one more spring breaker to be cast. Roberts was set to play a young rebel without a cause, so it's possible that's the character Benson will take over. Benson's character on "Pretty Little Liars," Hanna Lee Marin, is a former bullied kid who suddenly gets hot, popular and rebellious, so it's not hard to imagine this member of the five-finger discount club trying her hand at a little stick-'em-up.
Korine has been terrorizing Hollywood since he wrote "Kids" in 1995, which introduced downtown hipster Chloe Sevigny to the movie-going public. His most recent films include "Trash Humpers," which is about old people who dress up in creepy outfits and hump trash cans, among other things. Needless to say, it will be very interesting to see what he does with this possibly more mainstream movie featuring squeaky clean Disney starlets.