Zac Efron to Lead College 'Donnie Brasco' Undercover Thriller 'Narc'
by Ethan Anderton
May 22, 2013
Get ready to see a lot of Zac Efron over the next couple years. The 17 Again and The Paperboy star will be seen in Parkland, a drama taking place at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, an indie romantic comedy called Are We Officially Dating?, a comedy called Townies with Seth Rogen, and Rob Reiner's next film You Belong to Me with Harrison Ford. But we're still waiting for him to get gritty with some action. He was once linked to a remake of Snabba Cash a few years ago, but now Deadline reports Efron is going to lead Narc, a Donnie Brasco style thriller set in college.
The film is based on a true story about an all-star college student, fraternity house president and lacrosse team captain who's busted with drugs that were intended for a party, and the police strike a deal with home to become a police informant on campus while still keeping up his normal life. Honestly, this sounds like the kind of project Efron would've taken earlier in his career, and it seems like he's kind of beyond a basic thriller like this. Hopefully the script, which will be written by a new scribe from Fox's writing program, will deliver. But for now, this is just a potential project for Efron, and we'll see if it sticks.