Since Zac Efron's hopes of becoming the next Spider-Man have been smashed, he's turned to money laundering and cocaine smuggling. That's just what this crazy entertainment industry will do to ya, it's sad but true.
Efron is attached to star in a film for Warner Bros. called Snabba Cash which is a remake of a Swedish film. Apparently there was a heavy bidding war in Hollywood for the rights to the property and Warner Bros. won. Warner actually bought the remake rights to the film for Efron to not only star in, but produce as well with his manager Jason Barrett.
Snabba Cash is based on a novel by Jens Lapidus, and here is the plot summary.
JW is a young man living in Stockholm, originally from the countryside but feigning the appearance of a "Stekare" (in Swedish parlance, a lifestyle based on flaunting one's apparent wealth), actually leading a double life driving taxi illegally to finance his expensive life on Stureplan. Abdulkarim, running the taxi business, offers JW to begin sell cocaine instead. JW accepts the offer and enters Stockholms underground. Jorge Salinas Barrio is a latino who has gone to prison after taking the blame for drug business in which the Yugoslav mafiawas involved. He escapes from Österåker Prison with plans to escape the country. Mrado Slovovic is a Serbian henchman who runs errands for the Yugoslav mafia, but he actually dreams of a normal life with his daughter Lovisa.
The three characters unite in the book through their dreams about quick earnings. Once JW and Abdulkarim have the cocaine sales going they want to expand. Abdulkarim has heard of Jorge, who has at the time made an escape. The word on the street is that Jorge has learned everything about the cocaine business while in prison thus JW gets an assignment to hire him. Simultaneously Jorge has tried to blackmail the Yugoslav mafia boss. The hitman Mrado has been assigned to make him think otherwise.
When JW finally finds Jorge he is laying beaten-up in a forest, courtesy of Mrado. Abdulkarim takes care of Jorge, and they start working together.
Efron will take on the lead character of JW. There's no doubt that this project will be Efron's most ambitious film to date. He's obviously looking to shed his teenage heartthrob skin and try to grow himself as an actor so people actually take him seriously. It will be interesting to see how how he does in the film.
What do you all think about Efron's new movie?