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'According to Greta': Are we ready for an indie/serious/edgy Hilary Duff?

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Hilary Duff continues her quest to grow up from Lizzie McGuire to big-girl actress, following her sexy “Reach Out” video last year (still love that “Personal Jesus” sample) and her threesome-gone-awry on Gossip Girl this fall. Now she’s completing the “take me seriously” trifecta with a leading role in the oh-so-indie According to Greta (releasing Friday), about a 17-year-old girl who arrives at her grandparents’ place on the Jersey Shore for the summer and promptly announces to them that she’s planning to kill herself by the time she turns 18. Check out the trailer (which we debuted last month) after the jump.

Tell me if I’m wrong, but I think the description of the premise actually sounds a lot cooler than the trailer makes it look. Then again, it might just be that, as much as I like Hilary Duff as a sweet leading lady, I don’t buy her as a sarcastic girl who’s “got issues,” who’s “dramatic” and “difficult” and “disruptive.” The gentle, quirky guitar music and the soulful boy who clearly is there to save her, of course, do her no favors.

What do you think, PopWatchers? What’s the right role for Hilary Duff to make the transition to serious actress?