James Franco Film to Be Shot at Ringling

"Spring Breakers" will have production work during Ringling College's own spring break, which begins Monday.

A spring break film staring James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens is coming to shoot at Ringling College of Art and Design starting Monday, according to media reports.

Ringling students will also get to be involved in the production, WWSB reports:

"The college says that its campus will serve as a setting for part of the film – said to star Oscar-nominee James Franco, as well as Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. Ringling students will serve as extras. Others will work as interns on the crew. Even those not involved are curious to watch.

“It will be interesting to see the interaction that goes on between the students and the production,” says Ringling student Gabbi Ricci."

The plot features the standard fun leads to trouble during spring break storyline, according to the Internet Movie Database:

"Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work."

The movie is directed by Harmony Korine, who wrote for the 1995 movie, Kids, which was both critically acclaimed and controversial for dealing bluntly with HIV, sex and other teen issues.

Hudgens, the pop-singer/actress/Disney product, told Inquirer.net she's excited to do some spring breaking, even if it's just acting:

“I’m finally going to be able to have my College Spring Break experience,” she says with giddy excitement. “But it’s not the instant spring break my character kind of had planned. It turns a bit violent, and extremely wild, but it’s a fun ride. Kind of a spin on how you see guys in college getting crazy, and you finally get to see girls do their crazy rampage as well.”

Ringling College's director of communications, Christine Meeker-Lange, told TampaBay.com that fans won't know who'll be at Ringling when for the movie:

"Meeker-Lange said exteriors will be filmed on campus, in addition to scenes in student residences and a laundry room.

"We don't have the details of who is shooting when," Meeker-Lange said Wednesday. "I think that's purposeful and I appreciate that. We want them to have the best experience possible."

That means increased security around the college, which will be closed for its own spring break. "A lot of our students will be gone," Meeker-Lange said. "The timing couldn't be more perfect. However, as you can imagine, students may hang around because of (the filming)."

Additional filming will be completed at St. Pete Beach, according to reports.


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