Also, we've seen Neighbors and Zac get some great mentions on end-of-2014 lists and two critics at Slate gave Zac some cool praise too, Amy Nicholson:
Am I alone in predicting future Oscars for Zac Efron? He can sing, dance, and act. He can clue you into what his characters are too shallow to notice. And more importantly, he’s game to take bold risks (even though he didn’t take any this year). He was marvelous in Neighbors as a preening frat boy, and emerged unscathed from the sex comedy That Awkward Moment, which criminally squandered a crop of young talents with great potential: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots and Mackenzie Davis. A decade from now, when Efron is accepting his statuette for The Paperboy 2, That Awkward Moment could be an ironic touchstone of millennial Hollywood, the equivalent of us sniggering that Academy Award winners Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey once co-starred in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.
And Stephanie Zacharek:
Wow, you guys have laid so much groundwork already! Which thread to chase down next? Amy, I’m with you on Zac Efron: He’s a totally charming presence, and the fact that he can sing and dance must not be wasted. Why, oh, why can’t we have more movie musicals—ones that are not Sondheim-derived? (My extreme distaste for Sondheim is something we can discuss later in the week. Or not.)
Last but not least, Dermot Mulroney was cast in Dick Kelly/Dirty Grandpa/Whatever as Zac's dad, he's always adorbs. There are some other potential castings that should be verified soon as filming is set to begin January 12 and should go through February 19. Although tbh, there are indications they are casting background for January 8 but I am guessing that is for second unit stuff maybe... maybe not, who knows, lol. But regardless, ZAC STARTS FILMING SOON, YAY.