[UPDATE: Blood Disgusting is reporting that Efron has not, in fact, joined the Halloween sequel cast. The rest of this story has been left as it was originally published.]
Zac Efron has heavily hinted that he’ll be appearing in the forthcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s seminal horror classic, Halloween. Originally released in 1978, the first entry in the Halloween franchise saw unstable serial killer Michael Myers (not to be confused with the Austin Powers actor) wreak havoc in the town Haddonfield on Halloween night, tormenting and almost killing poor Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in the process. A mixed bag of seven sequels followed, as well as two Rob Zombie-directed reboots, with the character of Myers growing into a slasher icon.
Earlier this year, Carpenter himself announced that another entry to the Halloween franchise was in development and would act as a direct sequel to the original movie. Perhaps more interestingly as far as the fans were concerned, it was also confirmed that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning as Laurie. The new movie will feature David Gordon Green in the director’s chair and will be written by Green alongside Danny McBride.
It now seems as if High School Musical and 17 Again star Zac Efron will be joining Curtis for a seasonal slice of slasher fun. In a tweet posted, appropriately enough, on Halloween 2017, Efron unveiled a photo of himself alongside Jamie Lee Curtis with the caption “On Michael Myers patrol.”
Curtis herself then got in on the act, posting a picture alongside the infamous Michael Myers and promising fans she’ll be seeing them next year, when the movie is finally released. She also offered the cryptic caption “some wounds never heal” hinting that Laurie’s past experiences with Myers will still be haunting her in the upcoming movie.
With no official confirmation just yet that Efron is joining the cast of the new Halloween movie, the photo could perhaps be two actors simply having a Halloween hangout session. However, given the festive timing of the tweet, as well as the fact that it appears to have been taken on-set, it certainly seems a strong possibility that Efron has signed on to be Myers’ next potential victim. It’s also worth considering that given the age gap between the two stars, Efron could well be portraying Laurie’s fictional son in the upcoming movie.
If this casting does indeed turn out to be true, it would mark distinctly new territory for Zac Efron. The actor has already proven himself highly capable in musicals, comedies and dramas but his résumé is certainly light on horror. It’ll be interesting to see how Efron adapts to this new challenge and in particular, being hunted by a crazed serial killer. Singing in the East High spring musical certainly wouldn’t have prepared him for that.
With that said, Efron is one of the few recent teen heartthrobs to carve out a genuinely successful career in Hollywood. Although there have been flops – 2015’s We Are Your Friends, for instance – that actor has continued to enhance his reputation with varied roles and featuring in Halloween might just present his biggest and most intriguing challenge yet.
Source: Zac Efron (via Twitter)
Update Source: Blooding Disgusting
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