Zac Efron has really raised the stakes now. Just two days ago we were talking about all the gritty roles teeny bopper Hollywood stars have been picking up in an effort to be taken more seriously. This was influenced by news of Josh Hutcherson possibly following all that PG-13 Hunger Games goodness with a drug laced Pablo Escobar project. Now, Zac is all like, “Yeah Josh, I see your drug drama, and raise you one presidential pic.”
Obviously what I’m saying here is Zac has signed up for yet another more adult role by joining the cast of historical JFK drama, Parkland. (He probably wants to make up for all the weirdness that went down Paper Boy, which had less of a plot than High School Musical.) This just might be the right move for little Zacky. I don’t know if there’s a better way to come back from getting peed on than to be in an assassination drama, and luckily for Zac, Parkland just happens to be about John F. Kennedy. Or rather, what went down at the hospital where JFK was taken after being shot. Says the press release:
Based on the epic book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, by renowned author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, the adapted screenplay is written by award-winning journalist and novelist Peter Landesman, who will also direct PARKLAND marking his directorial debut. PARKLAND recounts the dramatic true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd1963. The film, to be shot in Austin, Texas is destined for a 2013 US theatrical release around the 50th anniversary of the assassination.
Sounds like this is gonna be a really serious film. Like Milk serious, not Charlie St. Cloud serious. I’m pretty confident in saying it’s not going to be a musical. The cast is also top notch, including Marcia Gay Harding, Paul Giamatti, and Billy Bob Thorton. Guess who’s producing? Tom Hanks. So for now, kudos to Zac. We don’t know yet who Zac is going to portray in the film, slated for a November 2013 release, but let’s hope he’s more than a candy striper. Let’s also hope this project doesn’t devolve into something like the last movie I saw with a presidential theme, the very uncomfortable yet supposedly historically accurate, Hyde Park On Hudson. ‘Cause then I’d probably have to take away those kudos.