Just eight months after a report revealed that a sequel to last year's surprise comedy hit Neighbors may not come to fruition, Universal Pictures is moving forward with the sequel, setting a May 13, 2016 release date. Neighbors 2 will go up against Paramount's Friday the 13th reboot next May. Original Neighbors stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are all set to return for the follow-up.
The original Neighbors centered on Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne), who move into their first house together with their newborn child. Shortly thereafter, a raucous fraternity moves in next door, making their lives a living hell as this suburban couple goes to war with these hard-partying college kids, lead by Teddy (Zac Efron). Neighbors was one of the biggest comedy hits of 2014, taking in $150 million at the domestic box office and over $268 million worldwide, from just an $18 million production budget.Read More
Just a few weeks after 20th Century Fox set a July 15, 2016 release date for the comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Variety reports that Zac Efron has signed on to star. The story centers on two brothers who place an online ad to find dates for an upcoming wedding, which goes viral. The studio and producers at Chernin Entertainment are now seeking an actor to play Zac Efron's brother, hoping for results similar to the 2013 surprise hit The Heat, which paired Sandra Bullock with Melissa McCarthy.
Jake Szymanski (He's F***ing Perfect, Funny or Die Presents) is directing from a screenplay by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, who wrote last year's comedy hit Neighbors starring Zac Efron. Chernin Entertainment's Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and David Ready are producing alongside Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies). No production schedule was given at this time.Read More
Robert De Niro and Zac Efron are in early talks to star in QED International's Dirty Grandpa. The story follows a young man (Zac Efron) who, just before his wedding, gets tricked by his perverted grandpa (Robert De Niro) to go on a road trip to Florida for spring break. The grandfather, a former U.S. Army General, tries to prove to his grandson that he is about to marry the wrong woman.
Dan Mazer, who has co-written the scripts for Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, is directing from a script by John Phillips, with Barry Josephson producing. The project was initially set up at Universal Pictures, but now QED International will be shopping the project at the Toronto International Film Festival.Read More
Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski, who appeared in Robin Thicke's sultry "Blurred Lines" music video, have signed on to star in We Are Your Friends, which marks the directorial debut of Catfish: The TV Show star Max Joseph.
The story centers on Cole, a 23-year-old electronic dance music DJ who is working on what he believes is the next big revolutionary song. He meets an older, charismatic DJ who takes Cole under his wing, although their relationship gets complicated when Cole falls for his new mentor's younger girlfriend. While no details were given for Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski's characters, it seems likely that Zac Efron is playing Cole, while Emily Ratajkowski will portray the girlfriend.Read More
With Neighbors a huge hit at the box office, it makes sense that Zac Efron is now being sought for more serious minded projects that don't paint him into a teen heartthrob corner. But how do you feel about him joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe? That's a new rumor circulating this afternoon, which comes from reliable scoop source Latino Review. Though, it is not known which character Marvel wants Zac Efron to embody just yet.
The most logical conclusion is that Zac Efron is being offered the lead in Netflix's Daredevil series. This 13-episode drama will debut on the streaming service in its entirety sometime in 2015, with pre-production already started. Casting announcements are expected soon. Will Zac Efron take on the role of blind Hell's Kitchen lawyer turned vigilante Matt Murdock? It's a very high possibility, especially since the series will be shot like a long movie, and does not require the same time-consuming schedule a regular TV series demands.Read More
It has been rumored that fans will finally get a full Star Wars: Episode VII cast list on Sunday, May 4, which is known by fans around the world as Star Wars Day. While we wait for that all-important announcement, Zac Efron has now hinted that he may have a role in this highly anticipated sci-fi sequel.
This isn't the first time we've heard Zac Efron's name pop up in regards to Star Wars: Episode VII. We reported in June that both Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling were being considered for roles in director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated sequel. There was speculation that Zac Efron was being eyed to play the son of Han Solo (Harrison Ford), while Ryan Gosling was in contention to play the son of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Zac Efron did eventually confirm that he read for a Star Wars: Episode VII role. It seems he is still in the running for that role, even with production set to begin in May.Read More