Selena Gomez is showing lots of skin in a new promotional poster for “Spring Breakers.”
In the film, Gomez, along with fellow Hollywood starlets Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine, play college students who hijack a fast food restaurant in order to fund their spring break trip to Florida.
The film’s trailer shows the young women brandishing guns – while wearing bikinis – and engaging in other risky behavior. The actresses shot the film alongside actual spring breakers, Hudgens recently told Vulture magazine, and at times, things got a little crazy.
“We were filming this party scene, and there were these two girls – actual spring breakers – on the ground, topless, making out with each other,” Hudgens said. “And then the bottoms started to come off, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God!’ And, literally, you see it in the movie, I’m wearing this, like, candy necklace, and I’m like, ‘Ahhh,’ and freaking out because these girls are naked, two feet away from me, and they were just insane.”
This is the first edgy, more adult role for Gomez, the former “Wizards of Waverly Place” star. A large majority of her young fan base will not be able to see the R-rated film.
“I think that it’s going to be very interesting and a little controversial,” Gomez has said of the film.
When other Disney stars like Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan ditched their squeaky clean images, they faced backlash from fans. Hudgens was slammed in 2007 and again in 2009 when nude photos of the then-Disney star appeared online.
“The posters that we’ve seen [of Gomez] is her in character. I don’t think it’s changed her much yet,” Carlos Greer, a reporter for People magazine, told ABCNews.com. “It’s very different from, say, Miley Cyrus. At a much younger age, she was ready to shed that squeaky clean Disney image. Selena is doing it at a much slower pace and she’s doing it gradually.”
So could this sexier role change Gomez’s career?
“I don’t think it’s going to have a huge effect,” Greer said. “It may affect her fans, her Disney fans, but she’s growing up. It’s age-appropriate now, she’s 20 years old. She’s probably trying to shed that image.”
“Spring Breakers” opens March 29.