Selena Gomez gets raunchy in "shocking" new movie 'Spring Breakers' which premieres at Venice.

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If Selena Gomez wants to ditch her wholesome image as a Disney child and girlfriend of teenaged pop star Justin Bieber, then her raunchy and raucous new film 'Spring Breakers' seems as good a place as any to start.

The movie, which premiered at the Venice film festival on Wednesday (September 5), stars Gomez and fellow Disney graduate Vanessa Hudgens as bikini-clad revellers on a drink-and-drug-fuelled orgy of beach parties and pranks.

Gomez plays Faith, the least wild of a group of four young college students on their mid-term "spring break", and the actress admitted that some fans would find the movie shocking.

Gomez rose to fame as a teenager on Disney show "Wizards of Waverly Place" and has enjoyed success as a pop singer.

The film, which also stars the Oscar nominated actor James Franco, has created a generally positive buzz ahead of its screening.