Why Vanessa Hudgens?
Any musical theatre fan is aware of the actress(?), singer(?), dancer(?), fashion icon(?), activist(?), reality TV judge(?), Broadway star(?) Vanessa Hudgens. She first made her mark as the nerdy and giggly love interest to a young, twink Zac Efron in the masterful Disney Channel Original Movie, High School Musical. Since her work in the epic trilogy, she has gone on to create a record of bubblegum pop near-bops, star as Mimi in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl, play the title role in Gigi on Broadway, become a judge of the dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance, play Rizzo in Grease, Live! and play Maureen in Rent Live on Fox. Hudgens has gone from a real-life incarnation of her sheepish persona as Gabriella Montez in the HSM Trilogy to that of Sharpay Evans – the go-to, low-budget, pocket-diva princess of all things musical theatre.
So, with talk of a Sister Act reboot, it only makes sense producers go with Jan-of-all-trades, Vanessa Hudgens, to take on the role made famous by actress and comic icon Whoopi Goldberg. Will Vanessa be hilarious? No. Will her vocals slay like Lauryn Hill? Probably not. Will Ms. Hudgens make sense as a trashy nightclub singer turned nun-in-disguise? Nah. But it doesn’t matter.
Vanessa Hudgens can do anything, because we just need somebody to do something, and Vanessa Hudgens is available.