Zac Efron Set to Star in New Movie ‘Parkland’

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Zac Efron had a busy year, movie-wise, in 2012 and it looks like 2013 will be no different. Continuing his streak of dramatic films, Variety is reporting that the 25-year-old actor has signed to star in the indie film Parkland, which centers on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Zac will take on the role of surgeon Dr. Charles Carrico who worked at Parkland Memorial Hospital, which was where JFK was rushed after he was shot on November 22, 1963, and was later pronounced dead. The official film synopsis on IMDB reads the film is, “A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.” It also stars Oscar-winners Billy Bob Thorton and Marcia Gay Harden. Also, Oscar winner Tom Hanks is set to produce the film.

Earlier this year, Zac things started off on a lighter note by voicing a character in the animated feature The Lorax (along with Taylor Swift), and also starred in The Lucky One, which was a dramatic romance based on Nicholas Sparks‘ novel of the same name. Zac then shared the big screen with a number of A-Listers, including Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey, in The Paperboy.

However, Zac also has a couple of comedic roles on the way as well. He’s set to star in Are We Officially Dating? which centers on a group of young men who vow to stay single and have fun — just as they all meet the respective girls of their dreams. Also, Zac will star with Saturday Night Live‘s Jason Sudeikis, his 17 Again co-star Leslie Mann, and Horrible Bosses actor Jason Bateman in This is Where I Leave You, which is a comedy about a family dealing with the death of their father. Both movies are expected to hit theaters some time in 2013.

What do you think about all of Zac’s upcoming projects? Sound off in the comments.

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