‘Famous’: Zac Efron Will Play A Celebrity And His Overzealous Fan In Jody Hill’s Upcoming Thriller

The question I have following Zac Efron’s impressive turn in The Iron Claw is whether he maintains that massive bulk, or if he tries to revert to a more normal size. We’ll get the answer to that admittedly worthless question when he stars in Ricky Stanicky and A Family Affair later this year. But Efron has another gig lined up, and if he does decide to maintain that muscle, he might take up the entire screen because it’ll be a dual performance.

Deadline reports Efron will play two roles in Famous, a celebrity thriller about an overzealous fan and the Hollywood actor he’s the spitting of. The fan will do whatever it takes to be famous, and heads to Hollywood to make the most of the one asset he’s got.

The film is based on the New York Times bestselling by author Blake Crouch and is adapted by screenwriter Chad Hodge. It was Hoge who previously adapted Crouch’s Wayward Pines trilogy into a series.

Sam Esmail is a producer on the film, following up his buzzy Netflix thriller Leave the World Behind. He’s also the creator of Mr. Robot.

Jody Hill is the director on Famous, which means there will probably be a role for Danny McBride in there somewhere. Hill previously directed films such as Observe & Report, The Foot Fist Way, and most recently The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter in 2018. He’s probably best known for his TV work on Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals.

Travis Hopson
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