Ashley Tisdale Assumes Parody Duties for Anna Faris in 'Scary Movie 5'
by Ben Pearson
June 4, 2012
We've known that another Scary Movie was on the way for a couple of months now, but I haven't heard a single person say they're excited about seeing it. Undercover Brother and Roll Bounce director Malcolm Lee is directing the next entry into the spoof franchise, but series star Anna Faris wisely won't be coming back for this installment. Now ComingSoon reports the Weinstein Company has hired High School Musical actress Ashley Tisdale as their new blonde star to crack out-of-date jokes about pop culture hot topics in Scary Movie 5. This one sounds more like a Black Swan parody than a traditional horror spoof, though.
Easily the most interesting thing about this movie was the leaked plot synopsis that sounded more like it parodied dance movies than horror films, with storylines and characters similar to those in Black Swan playing a key part in the description. I loved Black Swan, and even though the filmmakers seem to be heading away from the typical slasher parody stuff, it seems like they still could have chosen something that is still in the public consciousness. That movie came out two years ago, and the world has moved on.
I skipped the High School Musical series, so I'm not familiar with Tisdale's work at all. I don't blame her for taking a lead role in an established franchise, though, since it will likely lead to better opportunities down the line. Anyway, it's not Tisdale I'm disappointed with: it's that these movies are still being produced. I'm not sure what it means when the spoof series actually has more entries in it than the thing it was spoofing in the first place (Scream), but it's probably not a good thing. Production starts this summer for a January 11, 2013 release. Will audiences ever tire of this kind of cinematic nonsense?