Hannah Montana Movie Underway

Production has begun on Walt Disney Pictures “Hannah Montana: The Movie” starring actress-singer Miley Cyrus in her first full-length feature film.

Director Peter Chelsom (“Serendipity,” “Shall We Dance?”) helms this music-filled comedy adventure based on Disney Channel’s blockbuster television series in which Cyrus stars as a teenage girl who lives a secret life as a pop star.

Written by Dan Berendsen (“Twitches,” “The Initiation of Sarah”), the film follows Miley Stewart as Hannah Montana’s soaring popularity threatens to take over her life. With a little urging from her father, the teenager travels back to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tenn., to rediscover what’s really important.

Series regulars Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Mitchel Musso, Moises Arias and Billy Ray Cyrus star along with Melora Hardin (“The Office,” 17 Again), Margo Martindale (“The Riches,” Million Dollar Baby), Barry Bostwick (“Spin City”), Peter Gunn (“Ever After”) and Lucas Till (“Walk the Line”) and Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”).

“Smallville” creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough are producing. Filming in and around Nashville, Tennesse and Los Angeles, the film is slated for a Spring 2009 release.