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Vanessa Hudgens was spotted last week with a replacement for her "High School Musical" boyfriend/co-star Zac Efron.

So who’s her new dude?

Gaelan Alexander Connell, the lead singer in Exist, a D.C.-based rock group. And he’s also her co-star in a new film, "Will," and above is a scene from the movie, now shooting in New York.

He plays Will, the high school outcast. She plays Sam, the popular girl.

Their shared love of music results in them assembling a rock group that tries to win their school’s upcoming battle of the bands competition.

Why mess with a winning formula? I say milk that sweet-high-school-first-love thing for all it’s worth, VHud!

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Photo: We certainly can’t accuse this guy of copying Zac’s feathered fringe, can we? But will Gaelan’s cute curly crop catch on? Your thoughts?

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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead