Zac Efron to play drug dealer?
Published 15/04/2010 | 16:12
Zac Efron is to play a drug smuggling criminal in a new thriller.
The High School Musical heartthrob is producing and starring in a remake of Swedish film Snabba Cash after he and Warner Bros won a bidding war for the film rights, Heat Vision Blog reports.
Snabba Cash - based on a novel by Jens Lapidus - follows three interconnected storylines involving drugs and organised crime, with the main character a young financial wizard who hopes to strike it rich quickly by becoming a runner for a coke dealer.
Zac will produce the movie through the new Warners-based company he runs with manager Jason Barrett.
Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are producing, along with original producer Fredrik Wikstrom. Michael Hjorth will executive produce.
The Swedish movie was a huge hit in its home country with the lead role played by half-American Joel Kinnaman, tipped for imminent international success.
Many producers and companies were began chasing the rights after the film was show at the Berlin Film Festival.
Universal, Summit, Paramount, Fox, the Weinstein Company and Mandate were all said to be interested but Warners is said to have won the deal with a high six figure sum.
The rights agreement is reportedly progress to production which means if Warners sits on it for too long, the rights revert back to the producers.