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Vanessa Hudgens to Play Stripper in 'Rent'

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Apr. 10 2010, Published 9:22 a.m. ET

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Growing up quickly, Vanessa Hudgens has been chosen for a new, more adult type of role as she gets set to star as a stripper in the musical rendition of Rent this summer.

According to Gossip Cop, the 21-year-old, who is best know for her role in the High School Musical movie series, was chosen by first time director Neil Patrick Harris right away.

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“She came in for a work session, and I must say, Vanessa really impressed,” Neil revealed in a statement.

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Neil was assured that Vanessa would be dedicated to playing the part of an HIV-positive dancer, Mimi, in the play.

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“She looks amazing, has great vocal chops, and seems really committed to honoring the somewhat iconic role of Mimi.”

Neil, who stars in the Emmy nominated show How I Met Your Mother, previously played the role of Mark in Rent.

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The rock-opera will debut at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. starting on August 6.

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