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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.

If you loved him in his previous roles you’ll be dying to know the next Zac Efron films where you can watch this Californian babe magnet in action. Unless you’re a die-hard Fronatic, you might not be aware what upcoming Zac Efron releases there are set to be and what he's up to in 2017. So to help keep you on top of this chiselled stud‘s anticipated new movie releases, we've made a handy list of new & upcoming Zac Efron films. From revamped remakes to thrilling new dramas, the latest flicks from Zac Efron should get fans of Zefron excited for these movies coming out.

1. Baywatch

[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Release date: May 19, 2017
  • Director: Seth Gordon
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra

Just when reboot fever seemed 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 photo above, Zac Efron is not just a smile and a six pack, he has really grown as a comedic actor. He will supplies the laughs since even he can't really compete with Johnson (who takes on David Hasselhoff's iconic character, Mitch Buchannon) on the muscle front. Efron's character is a disgraced Olympic swimmer (inspired by Ryan Lochte) forced to take a job guarding the beaches of Florida. The movie is out now and has gone down a treat with fans. Check out the trailer for a six-pack filled nostalgia fest:

2. The Disaster Artist

[Credit: Universal Pictures]
[Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Release date: December 1, 2017
  • Director: James Franco
  • Cast: 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 Disaster Artist is set to be an absurdly funny mockumentary.

3. The Greatest Showman On Earth

[Credit: New Line Cinema]
[Credit: New Line Cinema]
  • Release date: December 25, 2017
  • Director: Michael Gracey
  • Cast: 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.

4. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile

[Credit: Freestyle Releasing & Warner Bros]
[Credit: Freestyle Releasing & Warner Bros]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Joe Berlinger
  • Cast: Zac Efron

In perhaps the most shocking role of his career so far, Efron will be going real dark in his upcoming role as mass murderer and rapist, Ted Bundy. While we're used to seeing him play light-hearted, romantic leads, we're excited to see him really push himself playing one of America's most famous, and superficially charming villains. The movie will focus on Bundy's unsurprisingly tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer and will be told from her perspective (though we're yet to find out who she'll be played by). Maybe Vanessa Hudgesons will be back for the creepiest High School Musical reunion ever?! One thing's for sure, long gone are Zac's wide eyed, innocent Disney dreamboat days.


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