Entertainment Weekly reports that “High School Musical,” Hairspray and “High School Musical 2” star Zac Efron has signed for his first leading-man role in New Line’s fast-tracked love story, Seventeen.
The magazine says Efron finalized negotiations on Thursday to headline the Big-like comedy-drama in which a 36-year-old man, in need of a major life do-over, wakes up in the body of a studly high school senior (Efron). Efron had been in talks to make the film since February.
The role reunites Zac with Hairspray director Adam Shankman, who is producing (but not directing) along with his sister, Jennifer Gibgot.
The film could start shooting as early as November.