Selena Gomez is the new tween star – move over, Miley Cyrus!

Selena Gomez, star of Wizards of Waverly Place, entering movies with Ramona and Beezus

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Photo: Selena Gomez as Beezus plays elder to sister to Joey King's Ramona

Selena Gomez who? The 17-year-old schoolgirl, best known for her portrayal of Alex Russo on Emmy Award-winning Disney series  Wizards of Waverly Place, has bitten a big chunk of Miley Cyrus’ fame pie.

Miley Cyrus has been the undisputed teen star of Disney in the last few years: Fresh, innocent, no-sex-before-marriage… you know the wholesome type Disney loves. But Miley is getting older, and there is a new fresh face on the horizon.

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Photos: Selena Gomez and Joey King from the sets of Ramona and Beezus movie

Disney’s latest teen queen is hot and happening right now. After having starred in television movies Another Cinderella Story and Princess Protection Program, Selena Gomez is busy with her new assignments: a $1million movie is planned, there’s Monte Carlo with Nicole Kidman, and a Wizards of Waverly Place fashion range for Asda aimed at girls aged between four and 12.

Selena Gomez recently played to a full house with her band, Selena Gomez and the Scene, at Shepherds Bush Empire, her first UK gig. Later, she thanked her fans for being a part of the show, saying it meant the world to her.

Trailer of Ramona and Beezus movie, starring Joey King and Selena Gomez

Miley has had a good run so far, but she is older now; not exactly a tween. She has had her share of controversies with a co-called sexy photo-shoot with her dad, some leaked mischievous photos, and some boyfriend issues.

Following the success of the Disney show, a soundtrack CD was released in October 2006 featuring Miley Cyrus on eight songs from Hannah Montana. The teen idol began her solo music career began with the release of her debut album, Meet Miley Cyrus, in 2007.

She also starred in Hannah Montana: The Movie, the film spin-off of the series. In 2008, Miley Cyrus was listed in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World. That was then. Now, Selena Gomez is winning over more teen votes .

Selena Gomez has all those qualities which Disney so loves, and it is much easier to build up a new fresh-faced star than keep the image intact for someone who is turning into an adult.

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Ramona and Beezus poster

The Texas schoolgirl may well topple Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus  from the top of the tween chart.

Born in Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1992, Selena Gomez was seven she got her first acting role on Barney & Friends, the children’s TV show.  She continued with the show for two years. Then came small roles in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the TV film Walker, Texas Ranger. In 2004, she was discovered by Disney during a nationwide talent scout.

Interestingly, she also had a party to play in Hanna Montana. Selena Gomez was cast as Mikayla in “oneoff appearance” that continued for two series.

Alex Russo and the Wizards of Waverly Place, a show about three siblings with magical powers, came her way in 2007. The show was a phenomenal hit, and Forbes named her as one of eight “hot kid stars to watch”.

Selena Gomez has described her success as a “blessing”. She also played down rumours of a feud with Miley Cyrus, saying there was no feud.

Selena Gomez’ first movie, Ramona and Beezus, is already in the news. The movie is based on the book Beezus and Ramona, and Selena will play Beatrice ‘Beezus’ Quimby. Ramona and Beezus is co-produced by Walden Media and 20th Century Fox, and the film is be directed by Elizabeth Allen. The movie release is expected to be on 23 July 2010. If the movie turns out to be successful, it will establish Selena Gomez firmly as the Tween queen.

We have a few photos of Selena Gomez from the sets of Ramona and Beezus here. Watch the movie yourself to make up your mind about whether you are ready to sswitch loyalties from Miley to Selena!
Miley Cyrus, meanwhile, will be seen next with actress Demi Moore in a new movie called LOL.

The movie revolves around a teenage girl who juggles her first heartbreak with her recently divorced mom’s new single life, reports imdb.com. She’s also reportedly planning her wedding to boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, her co-star from the film The Last Song, once she turns 18 this November. The Last Song, Miley’s latest cinematic outing,  is a 2010 coming-of-age drama based on the Nicholas Sparks novel.

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