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Aug 19th
10:14 am
Not surprised by this article...  
To be honest, I don't know how much of this is hype to draw attention to Memphis and how much is Zac legitimately being interested. With Adam there though it definitely seemed to increase the possibility that he was attending with an eye on developing it. The story sounds good... I haven't listened to the songs yet.
Add Zac Efron to the list of candidates eager to star in a movie adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical "Memphis."

The "High School Musical" heartthrob attended Tuesday night's performance, his second visit to the show in a month. His girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens, accompanied Efron, as well as Adam Shankman, a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" and the producer of Efron's flicks "Hairspray" and "17 Again."

Insiders speculate that Efron is interested in the lead role of Huey Calhoun, a 1950s-era Memphis radio DJ played onstage by Chad Kimball.

Sources said Efron hung out with the cast during intermission and gushed over female lead Montego Glover. "When Montego came over, Efron said, 'I just can't stay away from the show,' " reports a witness.

Efron also attended the show in July on the same night he and "Musical" co-star Corbin Bleu spent $2,000 at Flashdancers. [lol still]

Although there are no concrete plans yet to adapt "Memphis" for the big screen, Efron isn't the only actor in the hunt. Justin Timberlake saw the show in May, about the same time director Oliver Stone checked it out.

Insiders say Stone has taken meetings with "Memphis" writers Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, who's also the keyboardist for Bon Jovi, and Stone mentioned Timberlake as a potential Huey Calhoun. A rep for Stone confirmed he met with Bryan and expressed interest in doing a film adaptation.

Interest only increased when "Memphis" was nominated for eight Tony Awards and won four, including Best Musical.

A rep for "Memphis" confirmed that Efron has attended the show twice. Efron's rep had no comment.


I'd much rather have Zac in the role than JT... sry if that offends anyone. But Oliver Stone I think I'm ok with... it would be interesting to see him do a musical.
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Beejeezbee on August 19th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
While I still don't want to do him a musical "soon," I think optioning one now is a good idea. It takes years until stuff like that is ready and by then I think he would be perfectly fine to do another musical.

Him being interested in developing it, actually briefly crossed my mind even when he was there in July because it seemed a good fit from the 3 seconds I looked at the musical. It has a male protagonist, it seems an adult but fun musical, with their Tony wins it has a nice pedigree, and from the one song I listed to I think it's perfectly his voice range.

The only thing I couldn't figure out was how old the lead is supposed to be (stage actors don't count for comparison) because the wiki description talks about a teenager and that is something Zac has clearly avoided in all the movies he's developing. But if Huey is a teenager (at least for some part), Timberlake is definitely too old.

I would prefer if he would develop it with Craig and Neil though as they have a much better quality track record than Adam.

That's all assuming he's interested in the project in the first place.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 19th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
irl the lead this is based on started his radio show around 23-24 but skimming the wiki page it sounds like there are three timeframes in the musical... the high school bit (which they mix in with starting his radio job), the tv show bit (unspecified time later but irl ~ age 30) and then "4 years later". so a couple years from now would be ok.
livingwell100livingwell100 on August 19th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Memphis is a musical where acting is absolutely a must - a great singer is nice but this play needs an actor.

It would be a marvelous role for Zac showing off his already considerable music talent while continuing to stretch his viability as a dramatic actor.

Memphis is not a free wheeling happy go lucky musical it's a musical on the line of South Pacific, Rent, etc. musicals that tell a real dramatic story (in this case a true story)with amazing music.
vilain_garcon on August 19th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
i would love it tbh i won't lie. i think it would be a great role for him.
Anna: zac | got my ear against the screenmodernthirst on August 20th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
I'd much rather have Zac in the role than JT... sry if that offends anyone.
EXCUSE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jk (sort of)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 20th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
i thought you might take issue with that, lol
Annamodernthirst on August 20th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
gurl u kno me

quite an age/experience difference between the two of them though so I am surprised to see them mentioned for the same role.
lilly4848lilly4848 on August 20th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm still stuck on Oliver Stone directing. Will it end up being like 4 hours long? LOL

I'd love to see Zac do this. He'd be great.

I've seen some talk on other sites about him growing the beard because his next project is going to be The Lucky One. Does anyone know if this is actually true? I was kind of hoping that he would go in a different direction for his next project.
A Sea of Dust and Starsfun_demented on August 20th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
I really hope he does that. I don't think he should abandon that genre altogether, especially since it's so incredibly hot right now... thanks to him!

Elijah Wood abandoned the types of roles that made him famous and I don' believe it has been particularly successful. I think it's great to branch out, and Zac certainly has real acting in-depth acting talent, but it is so valuable to know who you are.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on August 21st, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm curious (and this is OT, as it's not in direct relation to Zac /so sorry, C!) where you believe Elijah hasn't been "particularly successful" given his roles and career choices. Are we talking post- LOTR? Even so, no- he may not have commercial success where he is constantly (or even sporadically) blogged and gossiped about, but I believe his career choices have paved the way for one of his long-standing goals of heading a record label come true and they've been educated.

That being said, I see (some) similarities in he and Zac's early work- which piques my interests that you've chosen his (Elijah's) name as an example of apparently what not to do.