Former Disney Channel star Ashley Tisdale has seen her young career go down multiple paths while putting in work for the über-popular network. But, in a world where you can become type-cast faster than you can say ‘Jaleel White,’ one must eventually branch off from her roots and attempt to sprout a new path. So, is Ashley Tisdale ready to head into the world of spoof comedy?

Dimension Film’s has announced the casting of the actress as one of the leads for the forthcoming Scary Movie 5. Malcolm Lee (Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins) will direct the project, while David Zucker, who directed the 3rd and 4th Scary Movie films is co-writing and producing the 5th.

Before Tisdale tackles her new role she will be donning the producer hat for the Bravo show Miss Advised. The show will be produced through Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions and will air on June 18, 2012.

The original Scary Movie was released in 2000 and throughout the franchise’s history the films have spoofed a number of horror movies, from The Exorcist, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer to Saw.

Anna Faris won’t be back for ‘Scary Movie 5′.

Franchise star Anna Faris (The Dictator), recently turned down the opportunity to headline the latest chapter of the franchise, thus opening the door for Tisdale to step in. While many would argue that the Scary Movie franchise lost a lot of its luster after the first two films, one can’t deny that Faris’ ability to pull off the goofy female protagonist was a bright spot throughout. Whether or not Tisdale will be able to pull off such a role remains to be seen.

Tisdale joins High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens on a growing line of actors/actresses who have found success with the Disney network – but are now slowly trying to distance themselves from the brand in order to begin new chapters in their professional lives. Of course, money (especially Disney money) talks, so would we really be surprised if we saw Tisdale in a potential College Musical? Probably not.

Source: Dimension Films