Zac Efron Wonders 'Are We Officially Dating?' in New Indie Comedy
The early days of Zac Efron's career have been something of a punchline to many film geeks, considering he got his start in Disney's High School Musical franchise and has mostly stuck to romantic comedies since moving out of the Mouse House. But I have a feeling all of that is about to change. There was good word of mouth about his work in Richard Linklater's 2008 film Me and Orson Welles, and his small comedic role was one of the best parts of Josh Radnor's new film Liberal Arts (read our Sundance review here). Now Variety reports that he'll lead a comedy from Tom Gormican that asks Are We Officially Dating?
Though this film is technically a step back into romantic comedy territory for Efron, it sounds a lot more promising than some of his other efforts in that genre. The script, also written by Gormican, was on the 2010 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, so that's good news. The story seems a bit familiar, surrounding three friends in Manhattan who make a pact to stay single just as each of them is falling in love, but I'm guessing it wouldn't have made the Black List if it wasn't a solid script. Efron would play a guy who is averse to commitment, but may be falling for a girl he brought home one night.
Efron also has a comedy called Townies coming sometime down the road, where he plays a raucous frat boy that makes Seth Rogen's family life a living hell. Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller is helming that one, and I'm hoping that's a big enough hit to lead the charge in continuing the change in public perception of Efron from the High School Musical star he started out as years ago. Thoughts?