Zac Efron dabbling in cocaine and caught by the cops? No, not the latest celebrity scandal splashed across the pages of the gossip mags. It’s actually the plot of a possible future project Efron’s now attached to, as he may star in Narc.
Lest you think it’s a remake of Joe Carnahan’s excellent, gritty cop thriller, this Narc is actually a true-crime tale that plays more like Donnie Brasco: The College Years.
Assuming he ends up playing the lead (because “attached” doesn’t always mean “actually starring”), Efron would be an all-American college star, beloved by his peers, president of his fraternity and the captain of the lacrosse team. When police bust him with cocaine he was planning to distribute at a party, it looks like his future’s in ruins.
Then the authorities offer him a deal: he won’t be arrested if he goes undercover as an informant. Which is how a college kid ends up wearing wires and helping to put away big drug dealers.
Garrett Meyer wrote the script, based on a real life story unearthed by producer Doug Banker - perhaps something like this one, and similar to the circumstances that also inspired recent Dwayne Johnson-starrer Snitch. The film doesn’t have a director yet, but Fox will want to get this one moving quickly so that Efron stays interested.
Last seen in The Paperboy, Efron has Parkland and Are We Officially Dating under his belt. He’s at work on Nick Stoller’s new Seth Rogen comedy Townies and recently signed on to Eran Creevy’s new thriller Autobahn.