Zac Efron has joined the cast of the Australian survival thriller ‘Gold’ set at streaming service Stan.

The film will follow two strangers travelling through a desert who stumble across the biggest gold nugget ever found. They hatch a plan to protect and excavate their bounty with one man leaving to secure the necessary equipment. The other man (Efron) remains and must endure harsh desert elements, ravenous wild dogs and mysterious intruders, whilst battling the sinking suspicion that he has been abandoned to his own fate.

‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘The Light Between Oceans’ Anthony Hayes will helm and star in the feature from the screenplay he co-wrote alongside Polly Smyth.

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“This is an exciting, gripping and timely tale about greed, humanity, who we are, what we’ve done to the world and where we are heading if we aren’t careful,” said Hayes. “To have Zac Efron as my main man on this film is an absolute gift and to see what he is creating already is like nothing we’ve seen from him before. I can’t wait to deliver this bold, visceral and cinematic film to audiences all around the world.”

John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz will produce through their Deeper Water Films banner (“Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan”), alongside Hayes for Rogue Star Pictures.

Filming is due to commence in Australia this month.