If fans weren't already aware that "Spring Breakers"—starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson—isn't a PG-rated teen flick about tanning on the beach and falling in love with the sensitive lifeguard, these photos from Interview magazine will surely clear that up. The film, directed by Harmony Korine, is gritty and violent and has these formerly innocent starlets running around in bikinis, robbing restaurants and plotting murders.
"Spring Breakers" appears to be squeaky clean fun thanks to Selena's and Vanessa's Disney roots and Ashley's role in "Pretty Little Liars" on ABC Family. But Selena told Interview that departing from their stereotypical characters is why she chose this film.
"I was getting kind of repetitive in terms of the roles I was picking, and I really wanted to do something that was completely different," the "Wizards of Waverly Place" actress said. "It was a mark thing for me—like, ‘This is what I want to be doing.' I want to be taking myself seriously as an actress, and this was definitely a stretch. I mean, I'd never smoked a cigarette before in my entire life. It was really funny—they had to show me how to do it."
James Franco stars alongside the girls in the film as a rapper named Alien who bails the girls out of jail after they rob a restaurant to fund their spring break trip. He's also the one who seduces them into helping him with a murder. We could easily see the hunky actor convincing them that driving his car into the ocean is the greatest spring break idea of all time, but have you seen Alien? We're surprised the girls were so easily swayed. We love James, but not so much his corn-rowed character. James, however, was happy to take on the role, particularly because of the young cast.
"When Harmony told me who he was going to cast, I thought it was perfect for so many reasons," he said. "The young actresses are so excited to do a movie like this with someone like Harmony. They were so eager and enthusiastic to be a part of it."
Ashley agreed, saying that Harmony helped break them out of their good-girl mold. "For Selena, Vanessa, and me, our audience is all in their teens or younger," she said, "so they're not even going to be able to see this when it comes out—it's not appropriate."
"Spring Breakers" is set for a 2013 release, but with the way photos are being released via social media, you can expect lots of updates before the premiere of the film.
What do you think of the new "Spring Breakers" photos? Do you think Ashley, Vanessa and Selena are getting too racy? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!