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Harmony Korine Recruits Ashley Benson for ‘Spring Breakers’

Written by on January 30, 2012 

Give or take three months ago, we heard that Harmony Korine was assembling the cast for his latest madhouse, Spring Breakers, which, at the time, had just signed James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Emma Roberts. But the lattermost of those four dropped out a couple of weeks ago — and with four female actresses required to leads, some casting needs to get done before anything could really happen.

So, Deadline reports that one other member has been found: Ashley Benson, star of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. (Don’t ask me.) It hasn’t been specified if she’ll be taking Roberts‘ place — which would be “Candy, a Southern brunette who feeds off danger” — though it’s not out of the realm of possibility. The identity of the fourth girl hasn’t been provided, although Jeff Sneider thinks that Korine‘s wife, Rachel, will take that part.

Written by the controversial helmer, Spring Breakers would see the three of those girls playing “four college-aged girls who rob a fast food restaurant to afford spring break in Florida, only to get arrested upon their arrival”; Franco has what will surely be the best part of the entire film, that being Alien, “a rapping drug and arms dealer” who gets them out, then makes them kill his arch-rival, Arch.

Benson‘s casting might not be as “subversive” or “edgy” as Emma Roberts in the same spot — if it is the same spot, of course — but, even taking that into account, Spring Breakers holds enough promise on a plot, star, and creative level for me to think, “good enough.” (To be fair, that’s probably how I’ll react to the finished film.)

Are you happy with this choice? How does Benson compare with Roberts?

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