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Zac Efron Joins Spy Thriller & Back to the Future-Esque Film

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January 27, 2010

Zac Efron

I'm sure the latter portion of that headline might have been worrisome, but don't fret, because fortunately there isn't a Back to the Future remake or anything like that in the works (at least that we know of). But the sci-fi classic is apparently a point of reference for a project that Deadline Hollywood reports Zac Efron is looking to join in addition to the spy thriller Fire, an adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' graphic novel of the same name with a story in the the vein of Robert Ludlum's action novels (think Bourne). The former project is a bit of a confusing endeavor that sets out to combine two separate projects into one movie.

Efron's foray into the action genre is a brave, bold and smart choice for the actor to continue separating himself from the Disney-teen image that started his career. If he wants to stick around and be one of the few actors who can make the jump from teenage fare to adult roles, then this is the right move. In Fire, Efron will play a college student who is recruited by the CIA, only to find that he has been trained for a program that creates expendable agents. He will also serve as executive producer and was partially responsible for getting the pitch picked up just last week. This news alone gives Efron some newfound respect in my book.

On this other intriguing Back to the Future-esque project, Efron has made a deal with Warner Bros. to star and executive produce this other new project that combines a pitch from writers Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski (the duo responsible for the amazing Assassination of a High School President), and another WB project called Algorithm that the studio was already developing as a directing vehicle for Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall). Details on either project are sparse, and it's not entirely clear of Nick Stoller is still part of this deal or not, but the potential of this assembly of talent has me more than intrigued so far.

No matter how ridiculous the High School Musical franchise may seem, I have to give kudos to Zac Efron for really trying to grow up as an actor. Me and Orson Welles was a big first step in the right direction, and although it wasn't a box office success, the movie at least let him show his stuff. Now he's starting to get into the more mature projects that mainstream audiences may actually be interested in seeing, and soon enough we'll have a good idea as to whether or not Efron will be sticking around for the next couple of decades or so. I say we give the kid a shot. I think he's on his way to becoming an actor we will be excited to see in movies.

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  • Xerxex
    Wouldn't mind to see Efron is some more adult roles, and maybe he can bring out better performances, I mean Me and Orson Wells got pretty good reviews right?
  • CLAW
    I've never seen someone try so hard to be a heartthrob than Zac, as far as his acting goes I couldn't tell you I've never seen anything his done but I hope he goes away so that I never have too.
  • Hedgehog
    Ya, I like Efron for some reason. The few roles I've seen him in weren't terribly horrible and atleast he's trying to grow up. Only other child actor I can say I enjoy is Dakota Fanning but she has ALWAYS been in grown up roles. Lets see Efron pull a 180 and become a great actor as well.
  • M
    It better not be a remake of Back to the future! Also he needs to start acting with some legitimate actors, so he can learn from them. Him in movies where he is the main star is not improving him much. However, at least he is trying to move away from the Disney crap unlike others. Also the young foreign males actors from Britain, Australia e.t.c (Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Hoult e.t.c.) are catching up to these young american males actors, so Efron and the other americans better start stepping up. The foreigners to me have soemthing a lot of these young american actors lack "talent."
  • underscore
    Interesting. I've been hearing insider rumors that he's been trying to get the role of Philippe, the young french sailor who acts as Sparrow's 'new Gibbs' in Stranger Tides.
  • Nightshade
    my god...agent cody banks much? -_-...efron still fails, needs a more serious role.

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