Zac Efron cast as Link in HAIRSPRAY movie
Holy Tiger Beat Batman -- He's soooooooooooooo HOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!
In an inspired piece of tween cat nip casting, Zac Efron (formerly Troy of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL) has been cast as Tracy's love interest Link in the upcoming HAIRSPRAY movie musical.
From this article in Broadwayworld.com:
Variety has reported that "High School Musical"'s Zac Efron has been cast as dance show prince Link Larkin in the upcoming film version of Hairspray. Efron, who in "High School Musical" played the role of a teenager balancing his love between sports and theatre, was cast on the basis that he appear slightly less wholesome in the Hairspray movie. In it, he will join the previously announced John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle, Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton and newcomer Nicole Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, who helps to integrate a Baltimore dance show -- and wins the heart of Link in the process.
"I was a bit dismissive, because that film is pure Disney, and I told him I needed a more subversive energy...He worked on it and he gave it to me," stated Adam Shankman (Bringing Down the House, The Pacifier), who is directing the film. Efron, who was accepted into USC, now plans to postpone his college plans to make room for the Hairspray film, according to the article.
In addition to the wildly popular Disney TV musical, the actor's other film and TV credits include "Summerland," "CSI Miami," Miracle Run and "ER." He has also appeared in productions of Gypsy, Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors and more.
I think this is a fabulous idea because it ensures that throngs of young girls will flock to the movie for sure (and I will get inundated with more lustful comments on Blogway Baby!). Now, if THE PRODUCERS movie had starred Zac Efron in the role of Leo Bloom and Aaron Carter as Max Bialystock with Hilary Duff as Ula perhaps it might have had a bit more success at the box office.
What makes this news even more exciting, is that my friend and vocal coach extraordinaire Elaine Overholt is on board as well to help the cast reach their vocal potential! Holy Summer Lovin' Batman! Now there's a chance that I might get to meet John Travolta!