Vanessa Hudgens makes 'Rent' with Neil Patrick Harris

vanessa_hudgen.jpg Vanessa Hudgens is leaving her "High School Musical" girl next door character behind to play Mimi Marquez in the Neil Patrick Harris-directed "Rent" revival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this August.

Mimi is a 19-year-old HIV-positive junkie who works as an S&M dancer.Over the course of two acts, she falls in love with former addict Roger, quits using, relapses, leaves rehab early, winds up homeless and nearly dies. It's a far cry from Hudgens' Disney roots.