'Hannah Montana' Movie Moves to April
Miley Cyrus' tween icon dodges 'Wolverine' movie
Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus of 'Hannah Montana'
Disney announced on Monday (Sept. 22) that the fittingly titled "Hannah Montana: The Movie" will now open on April 10, 2009, three weeks earlier than the previously scheduled May 1 launch.
Directed by Peter Chelsom, the "Hannah Montana" feature finds stealth pop star/ordinary girl Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) joining her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) on a journey back to the family's ancestral home in Tennessee.
While this will be the first official movie based on the wildly popular "Hannah Montana" series, the character made her large format debut in this spring's "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert," a 3-D feature that shattered a slew of box office records including highest grossing Super Bowl weekend release.
By moving to April, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" will be able to dodge the potential might of Hugh Jackman's "Wolverine" feature. Instead, the April 10 competition will include the anime adaptation "Dragonball" and "Observe and Report," a mall cop comedy combining the might of Seth Rogen and Anna Faris.
Cyrus and company will, however, now have only a single week before running into another tween icon. Zac Efron, whose big screen star status may be cemented by this fall's "High School Musical 3," will make a stab at carrying a film on his own with the comedy "17 Again."