Zac Efron is in negotiations to star in Warner Bros.’ “The Lucky One,” based on the Nicholas Sparks novel about a Marine searching for a mysterious woman. The film will be produced by Denise Di Novi and Kevin McCormick, who segued last year from Warner production president to a studio deal under the Langley Park banner. Scott Hicks is attached to helm.
Di Novi’s produced three other Sparks adaptations for the studio – “Nights in Rodanthe,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Message in a Bottle.” Di Novi Pictures prexy Alison Greenspan is exec producing.
Will Fetters adapted “Lucky One,” which revolves around a Marine who survives three tours in Iraq and attributes his good fortune to a photograph he carried of a woman he has never met. He sets out to meet her when he returns to North Carolina.
Efron signed a producing deal earlier this year with Warner Bros., but isn’t attached as a producer on “The Lucky One.” He next appears in U’s “Charlie St. Cloud,” opening Friday. [Source]
Enjoy viewing two scans from the newest issue of Parade magazine. Thanks to zace.zaangels.com for them!
• Parade (August 2010) (x2)
Zac Efron was spotted leaving John’s Pizzeria in New York City on 24 July 2010! Enjoy the pics!
• July 24 – At JFK Airport In New York City (x5)
• July 24 – Leaving John’s Pizzeria In New York City (x20)
• July 24 – Out & About In New York City (x9)
Enjoy watching Cinemax’s “60 secons with Zac Efron and Amanda Crew”!
Enjoy viewing a new picture of Zac Efron taken by Michael S. Wirtz!
• Michael S. Wirtz Photoshoot (x1)
Zac Efron was spotted arriving at the Times Square in New York City on 24 July 2010. Zac came to watch “In the Heights” starring his co-star, Corbin Bleu. Enjoy the pics!
• July 24 – Out & About In New York City (x10)
Zac Efron was spotted arriving at JFK Airport in New York City on 24 July 2010. Enjoy the pics!
• July 24 – At JFK Airport In New York City (x6)
Mega-gorgeous HSM star Zac Efron is sitting across from me! The 22-year-old and I are kickin’ it at the beach in Marina, Del Rey, Ca. where he has agreed to tell us all about his new romantic drama film “Charlie St. Cloud” in which he plays a small-town hero who withdraws from life when his little brother dies. We are learning what Zac likes about his leading lady Amanda Crew, how he dealt with his most embarrassing fan encounter moment on the streets of L.A., where he, Vanessa and pals would love to sail (now that he’s learned how for the film) and how he’s changed since we first met him in 2005!
Zac’s “Charlie” director has only praise for his hard-working young star and reminded us that, for the film “17 Again,” Zac practiced spinning a basketball and passing it to the tips of his fingers, until those fingers bled! This is one dedicated actor. He was just as determined to learn to sail like a pro for “Charlie”. Sitting down with Zac to get the latest, we went all retro and handed him a digital pic we took of him in 2005 before HSM ever came out. He was 16.
I took this of you in 2005 at a ‘meet and greet’ for young stars of tomorrow. You had finished HSM but it hadn’t even been on TV yet. You were sitting there alone. I decided to come over and talk to this cute young guy and you told me all about ‘High School Musical’.
Zac: Oh Wow! [he laughs] That’s so funny! That’s very cool! [I hand him the picture and he keeps looking at it].
Who were you then? Who are you now? And what do you miss about the teen in that picture?
Zac: Oh man! [looking at the picture] I think right there it was just the naiveté. There was always a ‘best case scenario’ that was next and you were pointed in the right direction and you would either get that project or you wouldn’t. It was very simple at that time.
Zac: Now, I’m being privy to so much more information and being behind the scenes of a lot of stuff, it’s become more of a full-time job for me. I think here [at age 16], not to say it was less work but, look at me! I don’t have a care in the world here [we laugh]. Now I’m running my own ship more. Then I was waiting for that big surprise and I was still in high school. That’s one thing that’s been great is I’m not having to wake up early for class all the time.
Enjoy viewing a new photoshoot of Zac Efron! Click on the thumbnail to enlarge it!
• ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ Los Angeles Premiere 07/20/2010 (x66)
• ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ Los Angeles Premiere After Party 07/20/2010 (x3)
• ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ Screening In St. Louis 07/21/2010 (x32)
• The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 07/20/2010 (x14)
• Unknown Photoshoot #3 (x1)
If there’s any dreamier actor in movies today than Zac Efron, we haven’t met him. Since becoming a cultural phenomenon in the “High School Musical” movies, the former Disney star has slowly but effectively built a career for himself as a leading man in movies like “Hairspray,” “17 Again,” and his latest effort, “Charlie St. Cloud,” which reunites him with his “17 Again” director Burr Steers, and offers audiences another opportunity to gaze into those crystal blue eyes of his.
In the film, Efron plays the title character, an ambitious high school graduate who foregoes a promising college career after his younger brother dies in an automobile accident. Hollywood News sat down with Efron last weekend at the Los Angeles press day for “Charlie St. Cloud,” where he discussed the challenges of the role, explored his own evolution as an actor, and examined the “it factor” that has found him a place among Hollywood’s most in-demand movie stars.
You and Charlie Tahan have terrific chemistry as brothers on screen. Did you have a lot of time to get to know one another before filming began?
Zac Efron: Yeah. We tried to have fun and do stuff outside of set. What’d we do? We went to hockey games. We saw a bunch of sports and stuff. And then we just played catch every day and sort of got in that rhythm. Yeah, it was fun.
You helped Burr Steers get the job directing this. Why did you decide you wanted to work with him again after “17 Again”?
Zac Efron: I didn’t so much get Burr the job. Burr called me and said, “are you serious about this? Because I’m in.” And I’m like, all right. Let’s do it, you know. So, he really responded to it. And that was just exciting to me. I was stoked. I knew this was even more so in Burr’s wheelhouse than “17 Again.” And I just knew we’d be lucky to have him involved.
What is Burr like as a director?
Zac Efron: He’s very generous with the actors. It’s funny, ’cause Burr is rare to give a camera note or anything like that, but guaranteed, every take he’s running over to talk to us. And he’s got so much to say – an opinion or a new point of view or something to think about. Which is great for me. I enjoy that much attention from your director. I think it’s great. When they’re not worried about the other stuff, they really care about your performance. He’s performance oriented, definitely, deep down.