This year Zac Efron completely ditched stereotypical "handsome man" roles and left his musical leads behind in favor of straight up comedies and it's paid off — audiences flocked to see Bad Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates — and, a quick delve into the actor's IMDb page show he's staying the course in this direction.
We take a look at Efron's upcoming projects and how they prove that he's more than just a pretty face.
1. The Masterpiece
- Release date: TBA
- Directed by: James Franco
- Also starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Alison Brie
Tommy Wiseau is not a household name but his film The Room has attained a cult following and is now heralded as the "Citizen Kane of bad movies." James Franco has decided to show his love for this terrible masterpiece by adapting the tell-all memoir, "The Disaster Artist," published by Greg Sistero, one of the main actors from the original film. Franco will occupy the role of the master director Wiseau, while Zac Efron will play Dan Janjigianm and while it is uncertain what role he will play in the behind-the-scenes saga, The Masterpiece is set to be an absurdly funny mockumentary.
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2. The Greatest Showman On Earth
- Release date: December 25, 2017
- Directed by: Michael Gracey
- Also starring: Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Michelle Williams
Efron will be revisiting his roots in musicals only on a much bigger stage in The Greatest Showman on Earth. The film tells the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman), who came from nothing to found the Ringling Brothers spectacle, the most renowned and extravagant circus America has ever known. The film will have musical segments written by singer-songwriter Mika, and while Efron's role has yet to be confirmed, it is most likely that he will play his Barnum's young partner, Bailey. With Hugh Jackman's broadway magic, The Greatest Showman on Earth could potentially have a shot at a few high-caliber awards, much like Moulin Rouge's unexpected success.
Lest we forget Efron's major voice in High School Musical 2:
- Release date: May 19, 2017
- Directed by: Seth Gordon
- Also starring: Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra
Just when reboot fever seems to be dying down, one remake that never made it to the screen despite a huge cult following was the over-the-top lifeguard drama show from the '90s, Baywatch. As we can see from the Instagram post above, Zac Efron is not just a smile and a six pack, he has really grown as a comedic actor. He will supply the laughs since he can't really compete with Johnson (who takes on David Hasselhoff's iconic character, Mitch Buchannon) on the muscle front. It was recently revealed that Efron's character will be a disgraced Olympic swimmer (inspired by Ryan Lochte) who was forced to take a job guarding the beaches of Florida.