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OTRC: Zac Efron set to appear in historical JFK drama, 'Parkland'

Zac Efron appears in a scene from the 2010 film 'Charlie St. Cloud.' (Universal Pictures / Relativity Media / Marc Platt Productions)

Zac Efron is set to take part in an upcoming historical drama film about late president John F. Kennedy.

The 25-year-old actor is joining the cast of "Parkland," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, which is also set to feature the talents of Marcia Gay Harden, draws from author Vincent Bugliosi's novel, "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy." The film is set to recount the true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

While Efron's exact character has yet to be identified, the producers at the helm are eager to have Efron as a part of their cast.

"Zac Efron continues to impress us with his recent shift into more dramatic roles which showcase his exceptional acting skills and Marcia Gay Harden is an unparalleled actress who gives tour de force performances in every film she appears," said Exclusive Media co-chairman Guy East and Nigel Sinclair in a statement obtained by the magazine. "We look forward to seeing their combined talent in Peter Landesman's powerful and mesmerizing story alongside the excellent cast already attached to this film."

The film is set to be produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone with Exclusive Media. The historical drama will be penned by journalist and novelist Peter Landesman, and the project marks the writer's directorial debut.

Efron had his breakthrough role in the 2006 Disney Channel movie "High School Musical" and went on to appear in two sequels with cast members Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu. In recent years, Efton has played more mature parts, in drama films such as "Charlie St. Cloud" and "The Lucky One."

In the first movie, Efron played a heartbroken man able to see his deceased brother. When a new love interest is in trouble, he is forced to choose between saving a life or continuing to see his brother every day. The fantasy drama earned 12.3 million in its opening weekend.

The second film stars Efron as a Marine who survived three tours of duty in Iraq. In the film, his character credits his safety to a photograph of a woman he found while in Iraq and sets out to find out who she is. The movie grossed 22.5 million in its opening weekend.


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