Zac Efron joins the cast of ‘Firestarter’ reboot

Zac Efron is back on the big screen as he joins the upcoming reboot of the science fiction horror film “Firestarter.”

Based on the 1980 novel by Stephen King, the new adaptation revolves around the life of a young girl, who develops pyrokinetic, or an ability to set objects or people on fire through the concentration of psychic power, and has an ability to see the future.

Unfortunately, she was abducted by a secret government agency called The Shop, that plans to weaponize her superpower skills.

Zac Efron as Andy McGee

As cited by Collider, the Disney alum will play the role of the deuteragonist father Andy McGee, which was first portrayed by David Keith in 1984.

Backed by Blumhouse Productions, Weed Road Productions, and Universal Pictures, the highly anticipated film is written by Scott Teems and directed by “The Vigil’s” Keith Thomas.

Meanwhile, Martha De Laurentiis, who was the associate producer of the original film, will now be the executive producer alongside Teems.

Debuted on the big screen in 1984, “Firestarter” is the breakthrough role for then -eight-year-old Drew Barrymore, who played the role of the gifted child, Charlie McGee.

Zac Efron is no stranger when it comes to sci-fi suspense horror films.

From being the teen heartthrob in “Highschool Musical,” he successfully managed to give justice to the role of American serial killer in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” as the famous Ted Bundy.

Aside from this, he also earned recognition in the 2007 musical film “Hairspray,” “The Greatest Showman” and “The Paperboy.”

Moreover, the 32-year-old actor is set to return to Disney to remake the ’80s comedy sitcom “Three Men and a Baby.”

Zac Efron Leaving Hollywood?

With Zac Efron scheduled to film two reboots, this might dismiss the rumors that he is leaving Hollywood.

In his documentary series, “Down to Earth,” the “Highschool Musical” star expressed his intentions to take a break and get out of Hollywood.

On the other hand, TMZ noted that the hunk actor has set his eyes in Australia and considered Byron Bay a safe place to be amid the global pandemic.

Zac Efron Spotted with Rumored Girlfriend Vanessa Valladares

Interestingly, Efron was spotted grabbing lunch in Byron Bay, with his rumored girlfriend, Vanessa Valladares.

According to E! news, his relationship with the Australian model was “relatively new.”

The source also added that the pair met around July and “have been together ever since.”

Featured image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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