L.A. Times has just confirmed that High School Musical star Zac Efron will indeed have a starring role in Warner Bros.' live-action adaptation of the popular '60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest.

The star is signing on for a new type of role to steer away from the youth-pop genre. There is also speculation that Warner Bros. is considering changing the name of the film to bypass certain negative association with Warner Bros.' big screen failure Speed Racer, also an adaptation of a popular cartoon.

Rumor has it that Andy Fickman and Dwayne Johnson are circling the project.

No production date has been set.