We've already seen the mature Miley Cyrus express herself in her music, and now the one-girl teen industry is heading dark in her movies.
Cyrus is set to star in an adaptation of Lisa McMann's paranormal thriller novel "Wake," according to The Hollywood Reporter. While she will probably leave the massive bird wings and the memorable leather outfit from her "Can't Be Tamed" video in the closet, Cyrus is looking at some dark material here.
"Wake" centers around a 17-year-old girl named Janie who has the unwanted ability to get sucked into people's dreams. Really sucked in. Not like, I had this crazy dream about Miley Cyrus kind of thing. She's in the dream and seeing things she would rather not see. Things get nasty when she becomes a participant in a nightmare.
Apparently, this nightmare will have nothing to do with Cyrus' ongoing real-life drama with blogger Perez Hilton, but there's still time to work that into the script.
Cyrus' move to mature movies roles was as inevitable as the music switch. It's fine if it keeps her from ever doing the likes of "The Last Song" again. But that movie showed her movie-making muscle even if it highlighted her limitations as a serious actress -- it grossed $230 million worldwide.
If "Wake" works, Paramount and MTV Films have bought the rights to the edgy sequels "Fade" and "Gone." These bestsellers could be the beginning of a new Cyrus franchise.