Miley Cyrus’ most adult film role yet, one she was hoping would catapult her onto the A-list of Hollywood actresses, is getting the bum’s rush from studio Lionsgate. It’s release is so limited most fans won’t see it.
Cyrus had been hanging her hopes on “LOL: Laugh Out Loud,” the remake of the hit 2008 French film. It deals frankly with teenage sex in a way that most teen films that focus on vampires and bloody games can.
But the film apparently has fallen off the fast track at Lionsgate, according to the Los Angeles Times, in what has to be a critical setback for the star.
At a time when former Disney rivals like Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens are building up film resumes, with pictures like “Spring Breakers,” their latest, Miley’s appears to be heading for the back burner.
Her film, which also stars Demi Moore, likely would have gone straight to DVD, if not for a clause in Lionsgate’s distribution contract with its foreign distributors. It’s required to open the film in at least 100 domestic theaters.
But Lionsgate executives are clearly treating “LOL” as an afterthought. They’ve slated it for release in just seven cities on May 4, the same weekend as summer blockbuster “The Avengers,” the Times reported, citing sources.
The superhero film, which includes Captain America, Iron-Man, The Hulk, Thor, and other comic book heroes is expected to suck up as much as $100 million in box office ticket sales.
“I really thought this movie could be universal,” filmmaker Lisa Azuelos, told The Times. “Usually teen movies are tender or scary or have vampires in them, but they’re never realistic. This story isn’t too dirty and not too stupid.”