By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com January 12, 2012 at 11:45AM
Considering she's the Nickelodeon-series leading scion of Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts, Emma Roberts has been laudable in her desire to mix it up a bit. Of course, there were the early teen vehicles, like "Aquamarine," "Wild Child" and "Hotel For Dogs," but she's also mixed up her Hollywood fare like "Scream 4" with theoretically more interesting indie films, like "Lymelife," "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "The Art of Getting By." We can't say we've been huge fans of any of them, but it at least shows a desire to be something other than America's next sweetheart.
Sadly, it looks like the actress' most interesting prospective project won't be coming to pass. Eyebrows were raised last year when it was announced that the 20-year-old actress was set to star alongside James Franco and fellow tween idols Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez in "Spring Breakers," a dark teen comedy from Harmony Korine, the idiosyncratic helmer of "Gummo," "Mister Lonely" and "Trash Humpers."
Sadly, according to a report from Just Jared, Roberts has dropped out of her role -- "a thrill-seeking Southern brunette," and one of a group who rob a restaurant to pay for their holiday -- citing the usual "creative differences that couldn't be resolved." The good news, however, is that Gomez, Hudgens, Franco (who'll play a rapping drug-dealer) and the director's wife Rachel Korine are all still on board, with production still set to get underway in the spring, and a replacement being sought for Roberts. A shame certainly, but we're still dying to see how the project turns out, and will likely find out early in 2013.