‘Gold’ Trailer: Zac Efron Endures The Brutal Desert To Unearth Riches

Remember when Zac Efron was just a pretty boy who could sing and dance if called upon to do so? Then he started to show some edge with raunchier comic roles and the occasional serial killer role. But it was lumberjack-like turn on the web doc Down to Earth that truly changed the way we perceive Efron, and it looks to have been a precursor to the grueling conditions he underwent in the filming of Gold.

How do we know Efron was toughing it out in the Australian outback while filming gold? Because he’s been everywhere talking about it, that’s why…

So what is Gold, anyway? The dystopian drama is set in the future after a societal and environmental breakdown. Efron plays a man who discovers gold in the inhospitable desert, and when he and his partner are unable to excavate it, one is left behind to guard it until the other returns. It’s a story of greed and the lengths people will go to achieve wealth.

The film is directed by Anthony Hayes, who also co-stars and co-wrote the script, and Susie Porter has a role, as well.

Gold has already been released in some international locations but will hit U.S. theaters on March 11th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.