Zac Efron has jumped on board the comedy biopic ‘King of the Jungle’, a film focused on the anti-virus tech guru John McAfee.
Efron will play the role of Wired magazine investigator Ari Furman who accepts an interview assignment with McAfee and soon finds himself pulled into escalating paranoia, slippery reality, and murder.
Both Johnny Depp, Michael Keaton and Seth Rogen were at one time attached to the project. Depp was initially set to play the role of McAfee and was later replaced by Keaton. Rogen was down to play the role which Efron has now stepped into. Currently, apart from Efron, the project is still looking for its cast.
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The feature is based on Joshua Davis Wired magazine article ‘John McAfee’s Last Stand. McAfee cashed in his fortune, left civilization, and moved to the jungle in Belize, where he set up a compound of guns, sex, and madness.
‘I Love You Phillip Morris, directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are at the helm with a script from Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig’s Charlie Gogolak, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Mad River’s Marc Butan, Endurance’s Steve Richards, and Epic’s Joshua Davis will produce.
Efron was briefly last seen opposite Matthew McConnaughey in ‘The Beach Bum’. His previous projects included playing the role of serial killer Ted Bundy in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and ‘The Greatest Showman’ opposite Hugh Jackman. He is currently lending his voice to TV series ‘Human Discoveries’.