Is Zac Efron stepping out of 'Footloose'?
Rumors are that Disney star Zac Efron is tired of singing and dancing for his supper. He has reportedly pulled out of Paramount's planned remake of "Footloose" to try to branch out into more dramatic and comedic roles.
According to TheWrap.com, Efron told the studio that he did not want to do another musical at this point in his career. A production team insider reveals he used a rewrite on the screenplay to get out of his contract.
The Dish Rag's e-mail for confirmation to Paramount has not yet been returned. More as it develops.
Efron earned superstar status by singing and dancing as Troy Bolton in the "High School Musical" series and sang and danced his heart out in "Hairspray."
At the recent Oscars, along with his "HSM" costar Vanessa Hudgens, he joined Hugh Jackson in a song-and-dance number.
But is he pretty much over it?
Will Zac Efron become the new David Cassidy, who wasn't able to carve out a serious career for himself after being a teen singing idol on "The Patridge Family" TV show?
Efron's new comedy, "17 Again," is due out in April. And his new drama, titled "Me and Orson Welles," directed by Richard Linklater, was due out in 2008 but hasn't yet been released and there's no release date on IMDb.com. Which could potentially be bad news for Zach's new "career direction."
While Disney plans "High School Musical 4," Efron is not expected to be a part of it.
Maybe he should just do a cameo? Just keep one foot in the game? What do you think?
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Photo: Zac inexplicably wears a wool hat the the premiere of "Watchmen." Credit: FilmMagic.