Tisdale climbs to film in 'Upstairs'


"High School Musical" star Ashley Tisdale will make her feature film debut in 20th Century Fox's adventure comedy "They Came From Upstairs." John Schultz is directing with Barry Josephson producing.

Also cast in the movie are "Step Up 2 the Streets" star Robert Hoffman, Carter Jenkins ("Viva Laughlin") and Austin Butler "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"). Ashley Boettcher and Henri and Regan Young are also cast.

The script, by Mark Burton and Adam F. Goldberg, revolves around a group of teens who team up to defend their Maine vacation home from aliens who have invaded via the upstairs.

Joe Hartwick Jr. is co-producing while Marc S. Fischer is exec producing the movie, which is being co-financed by Fox and Regency. Fox is distributing.

Marc Resteghini is overseeing for Fox while Kara Francis Smith shepherds for Regency.

Production starts at the end of January in Auckland, New Zealand.

Tisdale is best known for playing rich-girl Sharpay Evans in the "High School Musical" movies. She will first shoot "Upstairs" before moving on to the third installment of Disney's money-making phenomenon, which is being prepped as a theatrical feature for the first time.

Tisdale is repped by Gersh and manager Bill Perlman.