‘Ironclaw’ star Zac Efron has been set to lead the comedy from Jody Hill ‘Famous.’
Efron will take on the role of Lance Dunkquist, a fame-hungry man who has one thing going for him: he looks exactly like Hollywood superstar James Jansen, who will also be played by Efron. Bent on using that coincidence to his advantage, Lance travels to Los Angeles determined to make it big no matter what it takes.
‘Mr. Robot’ creator Sam Esmail is attached as a producer. The project is adapted from the novel of the same name by Blake Crouch, with Chad Hodge handling the screenplay. Esmail and Chad Hamilton will produce through their Esmail Corp banner. Black Bear will present the package at EFM to international buyers with CAA Media Finance and WME Independent representing the U.S. rights.
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The film will be the fourth feature directed by Hill. His previous works include his 2006 debut ‘The Foot Fist Way’ and the 2018 dramedy ‘The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter’, both starring Danny McBride.
Efron can currently be seen as pro wrestler Kevin Von Erich in the A24 drama ‘The Iron Claw,’ which became an indie box office success with $35 million grossed in North America.