"Hannah Montana" movie to be filmed in Tennessee

Singer/actor Miley Cyrus, star of the TV series "Hannah Montana", poses during an interview for the TV show "MuchOnDemand" in Toronto, December 14, 2007. Cyrus is currently on her "Best of Both Worlds Tour", performing songs from her latest release, "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus". REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA)

WVLT (AP) - The upcoming "Hannah Montana" movie will be filmed in Middle Tennessee and Los Angeles.

The Walt Disney Company says filming will begin in early May with the movie scheduled for release May 1, 2009.

No details about locations have been announced.

State officials have been negotiating with Disney for at least six months to get the movie made in Tennessee.

The film is based on the popular Disney TV series. In the series, Miley Cyrus plays a high school student, Miley Stewart, who moves from Tennessee to Southern California and lives a secret double life as a pop star. Her real life father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, also plays her father on the show.

The Cyrus family owns a large farm in Middle Tennessee.

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