'Musical' star fills 'Will' bill


"High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens has signed on to star in "Will," Walden Media's coming-of-age dramedy being directed by Todd Graff. Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas is producing.

Written by Graff and Josh Cagan, the script centers on a high school outcast and a popular girl who form an unlikely bond through their shared love of music. They assemble a like-minded crew of misfits and form a rock group to perform in a battle of the bands competition at their school.

Hudgens is playing Sam, a 15-year-old former stutterer now speaking slowly and deliberately, who becomes romantically entangled with the lead outcast.

The movie is set to shoot February in Austin.

Graff is an actor-turned-director who made his helming debut with 2003's "Camp."

Hudgens is best known for playing Gabriella Montez in "Musical" movies, the third of which is scheduled to shoot later this year. Her feature credits include "Thunderbirds" and "Thirteen."

Hudgens is repped by WMA and Untitled.