^with Reverend Polk (via ZF)
From Empire Magazine's The Big 2010 Preview - Teen Heartthrobs:
Zac Efron is leaving his singing and dancing days behind him to twinkle his acting toes in Charlie St. Cloud on JUNE 25 [UK]. An adaptation of the slightly wet but rather charming book by Ben Sherwood, he plays a young man who keeps a promise to his dead brother never to leave him behind by living in a graveyard so he can hang out with his brother's ghost - until, of course, a girl comes along. After Me and Orson Welles this is only Efron's second grown-up starring role, so it will be interesting to see if he can confirm his status as a future superstar.
To be honest, it irritates me that everyone (and by everyone I mean specifically this outfit along with Dark Horizons) seems to forget about 17 Again. Clearly that wasn't a drama, and I know for some odd reason the film industry views comedy as a lesser art form, but I think the fact that Zac's comedy outperformed those of Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, and Adam Sandler should mean something to Hollywood. Plus if we want to delve into semantics, technically 17 Again was a more grown up role than either Me and Orson Welles or Charlie St. Cloud... since he mostly played a 37-year-old. But whatever, I'm being difficult.
Excerpts from an article on article on Charlie St. Cloud camera operator Steve Campanelli
It's been a year of learning curves for Vancouver-trained camera operator Steve Campanelli.
First, he went to South Africa with Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon and director Clint Eastwood to shoot the inspirational rugby story Invictus. Then he came back to Vancouver and hit the waters of English Bay with Zac Efron, finding their sea legs in the sailing-centred drama The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.
Campanelli finished three months work on Charlie St. Cloud with Efron and director Burr Steers in Vancouver last October, then joined Eastwood in France.
Filming on boats with Efron was made easier by the uncommonly great weather of Vancouver's summer and late fall.
"We shot in Gibson's, out on English Bay, sailing every day for a couple of weeks," he says. "It was a little challenging at first–we were all learning the first few days."
They used a special crane with a stabilized head and an arm that would hold the camera away from the boat, as well as Campanelli's hand-held filming on the boat.
"It was a learning curve, but once you get it, you know what works. Filming on water is always a challenge — the swells, the waves, two boats moving up and down against each other. Keeping your balance and also trying not to be seasick."
On land, the production had to cope with Efron's legions of teen fans. The star made a point of staying at the end of each day to take pictures with fans and sign autographs.
"If he did it during the day there'd be hysteria," says Campanelli.
I'm just going to link to this, but there is a great article about Charlie St. Cloud producer Marc Platt at THR: Former studio exec Marc Platt has become a top producer. The way they describe Marc's personality, it seems there are some interesting parallels between him and Zac.
Some random casting information. From King Talent: