Sons of Anarchy showrunner Kurt Sutter is set on playing a magician in the show’s upcoming fifth season. First, he’s transforming perennial good-guy Jimmy Smits into a tattoo-donning gangbanger and now he’s planning to metamorphose former Disney star Ashley Tisdale into an escort.
Tisdale is set to play Emma Jean, a “desirable, high-priced escort,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. This new character, around for a 2-episode arc, will complicate SAMCRO’s life at some point early on in the season. And by SAMCRO, could this mean Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam)? Or perhaps Opie (Ryan Hearst)? The two have had their run-ins with strippers before, both having wandered from their significant others from time to time.
This announcement comes hot on the tails of Tisdale booking the lead role in Scary Movie 5, filming this summer. She’s best known for the High School Musical franchise, Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and my kids’ favorite, Phinneas and Ferb (lending her voice to big sister Candace).
While it seems like an odd choice, given Tishdale’s relatively clean-cut image (including the tastefully done nude Allure Magazine photo shoot), Sutter has made some other seemingly odd choices in the past. To name a few, David Hasselhoff, Stephen King, Tom Arnold and Rockmond Dunbar were all head-scratchers when announced, but they all fit in quite well. The same will hold true for Tisdale and it’s not like she doesn’t have the looks to play the part (meant in a good way).
Sons of Anarchy’s fifth season is set to premiere in the Fall.