By Dan Snierson
Updated April 22, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens has decided on her next movie project, and it’s a beast. Make that an update of Beauty and the Beast. According to Variety, Beastly — which is based on Alex Finn’s novel that reimagined the classic fairy tale — takes place in present-day New York and follows a teenage boy who finds love only after experiencing a grotesque transformation. Daniel Barnz (Sugarland) is writing and directing the film.