Vanessa Hudgens as a Teen Mum in Gimme Shelter Trailer

Vanessa Hudgens is certainly trying to lose that “good girl” image she may have had in her Disney produced High School Musical efforts. After decidedly more “out there” roles in Spring Breakers and The Frozen Ground, the actress is playing a troubled teen mother in Gimme Shelter. The first trailer for the film definitely showcases her passionate performance as a pregnant 16-year-old who runs away from home. Rosario Dawson also sheds her glamorous sides to play her drug-addicted mother. James Earl Jones and Brendan Fraser co-star.

Official synopsis and poster underneath the trailer.

Official synopsis for Gimme Shelter:

Based on the inspiring true events, GIMME SHELTER centers on the courageous story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) and her incredible path to motherhood as a pregnant, homeless teenager.  Forced to flee her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson), and turned away by her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser), Apple finds herself on a desperate and isolated journey of survival.  In the depths of despair, she meets a compassionate stranger (James Earl Jones), who ultimately leads her to salvation and unprecedented support in a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers.   With gained confidence, and the warmth of her new home, Apple breaks from her inhibiting past, embracing the future with clarity and hope.


ETA: USA – 24 January, 2014.