The somewhat anticipated arrival of Miley Cyrus's film debut, outside of the Hannah Montana franchise comfort zone, is around the corner. The Last Song debuting this weekend promises a lot with Nicolas Sparks behind the screenplay, but will Miley's acting stand out?
The Last Song is a coming of age film about a rebellious teen and her younger brother who are sent to live with their estranged father for the summer. Miley Cyrus plays the rebellious teen, which probably isn't that hard for her considering the entire film was created as a chance for Cyrus to turn away from her teeny bopper roots and get into the real world of acting (not to mention speculation as to what Cyrus does in her free time).
It's the first film that Nicolas Sparks has worked on which wasn't a novel first, an interesting tidbit of information for fans of the The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. Sparks was approached to write the movie after Cyrus expressed interest in playing a role similar to those of Sparks' immensely popular novels and films, and decided to work on both the screenplay and a book at the same time.
Other firsts in the film, besides Cyrus NOT playing Hannah Montana, include the location being entirely filmed in Georgia's quirky and lovable beach town Tybee Island, a battle fought and won against North Carolina where The Last Song was originally supposed to be set. Also, the role of Cyrus's mother was accepted by Kelly Preston, her first foray into acting since the death of her son.
Much like A Walk to Remember was filled with music by the lead Mandy Moore, The Last Song features a song by Cyrus, When I look at you, which has already debuted, though it's yet to reach the same popularity as her 2009 hit The Climb. But will The Last Song also do for Cyrus what A walk to remember did for Moore, by not just producing a couple of hit theme songs, but also allowing Cyrus to breakthrough the barrier onto the more grown up silver screen?
Either way, it's nice to see a major film feature such a beautiful and unique place like Tybee Island and Savannah, Georgia. Plus the song When I look at you is both really beautiful and oddly addictive to listen to, without being overplayed on the radio – yet.