Zac Efron Becomes DJ for 'Catfish' Series Host Max Joseph to Direct
by Ethan Anderton
June 6, 2014
No, this isn't some kind of sequel to Neighbors where Zac Efron's fraternity brother character finds a new, thoroughly appropriate profession to follow his party years in college. Instead, The Wrap reports Efron is in talks to star in an untitled project set up at Working Title (coincidentally enough) that will be a coming-of-age story about a young DJ working on what he hopes will be his first hit track. Max Joseph will direct the film, and while you may not know him as a filmmaker, he's a co-host of MTV's TV series "Catfish" with the original film's director Nev Schulman. Will this just be a flick for the MTV generation then? More below!
It's hard to say, but Joseph has already gotten awards for his commercial Follow the Frog:
And he also directed an acclaimed documentary short called 12 Years of DFA Records which played South by Southwest. The report says Joseph is "currently auditioning hot young actors and actresses for the other lead roles," which sounds like a pretty dumb statement, but we wouldn't expect anything less from an MTV show c0-host. Hopefully the film is a little less superficial. With Efron in the lead, hopefully this is a film that has substance, and will keep the actor's career on the right path following his breakaway from the Disney "High School Musical" franchise that laucned his career. Production begins in July in Los Angeles.