UPDATE: Variety is now reporting that the tweenie-bopper heartthrob is attached to star in an adaptation of the novel “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.” It will reunite him with 17 Again director Burr Steers. Based SOLELY on the title, looks like this one is going to try a little too hard to be indie, clever, and literary. Here is the original post:
So, you know that prolific actor who has been in all those huge and varied movies? Like, High School Musical, and High School Musical 2?…And High School Musical 3: Senior Year? Well, it seems he’s finally realized his own worth and versatility.
That’s right, Zac Efron is officially off the Footloose musical movie remake. Why? Well, he doesn’t want to be just a “song-and-dance man.” You know, like Fred Astaire. Who remembers that no-talent hack, right?
You know what is infuriating about this? When they decided they were going to make Footloose into a musical, I thought it wasn’t a good idea. I thought it would suck. And when they announced that Efron would be in it, I thought the following:
“What? But the material is too good for him. Why not get a real actor in there?”
So now I am cheering for this project. I want it to move forward (which it apparently will), I want it to be awesome, and I want it to elevate its main actor into the world of true stardom (you know…where people other than 8-12 year-olds who watch the Disney Channel know who you are). And I want Efron to disappear into obscurity where we never hear from him until he’s on a VH1 special or some bad celebrity reality television show where he’s trying to lose weight.
Go, Footloose, go!