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Zac Efron: 'Parkland' Star!

Zac Efron: 'Parkland' Star!

Zac Efron has just signed on to star in the upcoming flick Parkland!

The 25-year-old actor would join the cast of already announced stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, and Jackie Weaver, with Tom Hanks attached to produce.

The flick will center around 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 22nd 1963. Zac will play the role of Dr Charles “Jim” Carrico.

The movie is based on the book “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy”.

ARE YOU EXCITED to see Zac Efron star in Parkland???

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  • lauren

    he has like 15 projects in the works/ going to film?
    it sounds like he likes to over -work himself?

  • marq

    truly gifted actor

  • Cate

    This sounds extremely similar to “Bobby” just with a different Kennedy?

    Who is the director?

  • R

    Actually he has just 4 projects now, but you never know, he was previously announced for others roles and the project didnt worked out or a better actor took the role (ie Shia LaBeouf) Besides he didnt filmed one single movie this year….

  • WOW

    that’s amazing!! I’m so proud of him!! he has so much projects but this project sound so good!!! congrats Efron!

  • Marie

    Vanessa fans coming to attack in 3 2 1…

    - Just because her career is on the trash.. well here we go!!

  • holly

    and you think zac career is better ? bitch plz all his movie are flops yea that right he has like 11 movies next year but that doesn’t mean he has a good career because if you actually see the biggest stars in hollywood doesn’t have more than 2 movies in one year so yea it seems like he accept any role they give to him and his fans are all like “yay he will prove himself in this movie ” but until now he didn’t prove anything to people
    so yeah just like how vanessa’s career is trash after HSM so is zac’s career

  • Paulie

    Isn’t it about time he comes crawling back to TV? I mean, how many flop movies has he had now?

  • Revenge-Is-Sweet

    @holly: There speaks the right one. And of course. I just take The Lorax. Production costs of 70 million $ and the movie had a box of more than 70 million $ one opening weekend, sounds really like flop, especially with worldwide $348,840,315, ya that’s really a flop. Stop the crap, you’re nothing but one of the endless and useless haters that nobody needs.

    And if he wants to get better, he has to do more movies and work a lot. He’s in NY to shoot his next movie, he isn’t there just for fun. And as for good actors have just one movie come out. Well Russel Crowe has 6 upcoming movies, I wouldn’t say that he is a bad actor. 40 won awards speak for himself. You should do a little more research before you talk sh*it like all the other haters here.

    You can open your mouth when you’re better than him, when you were in more movies, have won more awards and did more than him. Well I’m sure that I don’t get old enough to see that, so I’m not going to waste my time.

  • tyr

    Finally they realize that this short little boy of mediocre talent cannot carry a successful box office film.

  • holly

    are you like comparing Russel Crowe movies who are BIG budget movies to zac efron’s indie movies who most of them are produced by his friends
    and BTW i’am not again indie movies but when MOST of your movie not even most almost all his moviee are indie then you can say the producer can’t trust him to carry a big movie in BO and pls don’t bring the lorax since it star TAYLOR SWIFT so the movie will have a huge numbers in BO with or without zac and and actually i’am not saying vanessa is better than him because she is just like him

  • Chelles

    I think it’s a good move on his part. Take roles in ensembles to work with better actors. Don’t headline a movie if it is mediocre and the script is questionable.

  • Beta

    @holly: taylor swift can’t act to save herself

  • Marsha

    Wow Holly, you must be really famous since you know what big box office producers and directors are thinking. Do they talk to you about Zac while your blowing them? Oh, and if you want people to take you seriously you might want to address ‘like’ your complete lack of grammatical skills.

  • pika

    mmkay… i cant be asked to read these comments but i think it shows that he does have some sort of potential if he is still getting good roles. what i dont like is that it always looks like he only goes for the movies with the big major stars (even Indies) so he will always get recognition regardless of how good he is. as much as it seems like a must in hollywood, you can often get outshined like nicole kidman getting a golden globe nominee and he didn’t. he must really push for contreversy if he wants those big awards. i am also a fan of vanessa (shock i know lol). its rare that people are fans of both because the fans are always fighting. i think vanessa also has potential. i know you guys think im talking crazy but i really do think both of them can get that one movie that breaks them through completely. spring breakers looks interesting. at first i thought it looked dumb but when i found out it was a korine film and i watched the clips they seem interesting. the reviews may appear mixed, but a majority said it was a good film. there will definitely be contreversy behind selena, ashley and vanessa due to the history in child shows which is not as bad as it sounds. plus their performances might be spot on as the reviews i’ve seen (excluding the work of Franco) both ashley and vanessa are the two that stand out in the movie. i like the diversity of vanessa’s roles. what i dislike is her constant “woman empowering” attitude (she said it in sucker punch and spring breakers event). i partly understand sucker punch but spring breakers is just a bunch of aroused teenage girls that find pleasure in all that is bittersweet. and playing a prostitute in frozen ground is far from empowering. i like her thriving attitude but she needs to think about what she says and how it applies to her work.

    just my opinion. :)

  • holly

    LOL i don’t speak english very well but i’am talking about something which is happening all his movies for next year are indie did i lie ?????
    she didn’t have to act the lorax was an animated movie

  • Carlos

    Congrats man i think he grew up so fast since High School Musical, so nice to hear that he is doing new projects, this mean that he is so talent and everyone in hollywood wants him on their movies, good job man.

    PD: i loved him in liberal Arts and The Paperboy

    Maybe some people here need to stop the hate and see the results before speak, he is such an amazing actor in my opinion and that’s all what i believe.

  • JUMP

    lol a doctor? maybe this is another comedy (a dark one tho)

  • kami

    sounds like a good dramatic role for zac and something he’s not done before.

  • ThankyouJesus

    LOL I love how all of you are fighting & I’m just a fangirl who’s happy that he’s finally playing a doctor…is there something wrong with me?

  • dasisy


    but is he gay??

  • lanas-world

    @dasisy: he is. he dated a guy named Vanesso for 5 years.

  • lanas-world

    playing a doctor? this will be interesting.

  • R U sure

    Good going ac

  • R U sure

    Good going Zac

  • BO

    all his films are flops ? i beg to disagree . Lorax did well because of Taylor Swift ? again beg to disagree .lorax was marketed as ‘zac efron film ‘ not taylor swift film’ .so yup , it did well cause of him .TLO – a sturdy earning $90m grossing blockbuster which earned him 2 TCA wins . it was marketed as ‘his film ‘ again .the only thing in the film to recommend it was him since taylor wasn’t even heard of before .and he played the lead in the golden globe nom paperboy , don’t even talk about bo of it since it’s an indie . i can go on like this ,but not necessary .if there’s anyne who’s NOT been able to rpoduce a blockbuster on her own is your hudge pudge ’cause all the roles she’s done so far has been some subordinate role even in the much buzzed SB .even in it who shine are Selena and Franco .hudge gets the more or less attention as the other 2 girls .

  • Derpina

    The Lorax did well because almost all animated movies do well in box office, the movie overperformed but it is not because of it’s stars

  • Derpina

    Zac will just play opposite 2 Oscar Winners (Billy Bob Thorton & Marcia Gay Harden) and 2 Oscar nominees ( Jacki Weaver and Paul Giamatti)

    It’s very funny to see the haters trying to down his merits, saying it is a “indie”

    Surely it would be better if it were “Journey 3″, the big blockbuster, great as Avatar and Lord of the Rings, with Dwayne Johnson (irony)

  • http://deleted BO

    All animated movies do so well at bo?not.happy feet 2 the bradd pitt’s anime was an eternal flop.and i coul provide u a list of animes that flopped.yes,it’s partly due to its cast led by the great heartthrob zefron that it overperformd and establishd a handful of records at bo and got included in the list of 21 oscar features

  • Derpina

    70mi for the first week is a expansive number that Zac (and any High School Musical Star) never achieved before

    Happy Feet flops because don’t sounds like a “funny” kind of movie, and had some competition

    Pixar sometimes don’t put “stars” in their movies and always do well

    But Pixar is Pixar

    If the movie is pre-selected it means nothing, this just indicates that the film is eligible, like all the animated movies released this year

  • Liberty

    1) To those of you are saying he is has been a bunch of flops….go look at the early years of Johnny Depp and Leo Dicaprio’s careers-among many other actors who started out doing flop after flop. It’s not a bad thing. It’s about building their reputation to casting directors- by doing different movies it shows they are versatile.
    2) To the people that compared his career with Vanessa Hudgens. A laughable notion. Two different people,two different careers. Zac has invested time behind the camera setting up a production company,which shows he has in interest in how movies are made. Vanessa is rumoured to be doing something in fashion,I remember reading awhile ago. Both are doing the indie route at the moment. It’s a lucrative route- a way to build up their acting CV without the pressure of big budget things. Yes they have both dabbled with the big budget movies, but they go back to indie/low budget movies. There is nothing wrong with this route.
    3)Both people mentioned above seem to do better in ensemble cast movies. Afterall that is how they started.
    4)Will be interesting to see him playing a doctor- guessing it’s some of his younger fans dreams come true-Dr Zac….


    I’m so happy for him!

  • Liberty

    To back up point number 4 I made earlier:


  • M

    I just glad to see him sign up for a movie that’s budget covers more than a daily trip to Starbucks.

  • Derpina

    For Just Jared people “success” means do Michael Bay movies

  • amelia25

    Beautiful Zac!

  • Bunnylover

    @R: Well he is filming one right now! But e has been very busy this year promoting all the things he filmed last year.

  • Tiffany

    I am just so excited about the fact that he is going to be playing a doctor. am so psyched for this project.

  • http://deleted BO

    Happy Feet 1 was a major success and it wasn’t funny either , so there’s no reason for its; sequel to flop just ‘;cause it’s ”not funny ” . And Lorax had great competition too from the much buzzed young adult film Project X.face it moron .Lorax was a total blockbuster which destroyed bo and done on a considerable lower budget than other animes .it’s specialty lies in the fact that it’s an ”environmental” film which don’t do all that well at box office .fyi , it’s one of the highest grossing feature films in the world . and not all the animes were subjected to Oscar consideration loser , only few of those relaesed ”worldwide” did !

  • Rachel

    A different project for him. All the best Zac! This is is an indie too. I have no problem with that but I hope he does a studio project soon. He is supposed to work in ‘Townies’ but I have no idea when they’ll start on that one.

    I am sure the haters here didn’t see liberal arts and the paperboy. He has done an amazing work in both of them!