High-profile movie to be filmed in Tampa Bay

Action film stars James Franco, Selena Gomez

Published On: Feb 08 2012 10:27:28 AM EST
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -

A high-profile movie is going to be filmed in the Tampa Bay area.

The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that a James Franco movie called "Spring Breakers" will be filmed around St. Petersburg Beach.

It also stars former Disney Channel starlets Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, and Heather Morris of the hit TV show "Glee".

"Spring Breakers" is the story of college students who rob a restaurant to finance their Florida vacation. They land in jail, but are bailed out by a drug and weapons dealer played by Franco, who in return wants them to murder his rival.

The movie is expected to be in theaters sometime next year.

Last year's "Dolphin Tale," which was filmed mostly in Clearwater, made nearly $95 million at the box office.