Ashley Benson Joins Spring Breakers

But Emma Roberts is out

Harmony Korine has either gone mainstream, or he's planning something entirely scurrilous. We know where our money is. Following the casting of High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens and Wizards Of Waverly Place's Selena Gomez, Korine has now cast Ashley Benson, best known for the teen mystery series Pretty Little Liars, as the latest of his Spring Breakers.

The film is the Korine version of a road movie, whatever that may turn out to mean. It's about four girls who opt to fund their spring break holiday by robbing a fast food restaurant. Clearly this doesn't go well, since they end up in jail, but they're then bailed out by a rapping drug dealer (played by James Franco) on condition that they assassinate his main competitor.

Benson's casting ought to have rounded out the girlie quartet, but sadly Emma Roberts (Unfabulous) has recently dropped out, possibly because her agent showed her Trash Humpers. So that may mean that we can expect the imminent announcement of one more tween starlet to join the gang, but Variety's Jeff Sneider believes the role belongs to Harmony's missus, Rachel Korine.

"I'm so excited. It's a very exciting project to be part of," Benson tweeted to her fans. Oh what a time they're in for. Shooting starts next month.