As sad as it may be, we have to concede that the two biggest up-and-coming Hollywood stars today are Zac Efron (High School Musical) and Robert Pattinson (Twilight), and we all may as well get used to see a ton of them in future years. They’re this generation’s Johnny Depp and Leanordo DiCaprio (I’m sorry — it’s just an observation, and not one I’m happy about). They’re not going away. In fact, a couple of days ago, Efron actually made a solid career move, dropping out of the musical remake of Footloose (that movie is now recasting, and working to polish its script).
Meanwhile, Efron has decided to stick with director Burr Steers, who helmed the upcoming 17 Again, a Big / Like Father Like Son mash-up. Efron’s next project will be The Death and the Life of Charlie St. Cloud, based on the Ben Sherwood novel, about a 28-year-old man who works at the cemetery where his brother was buried, after he died in an accident the two of them were in. Charlie St. Cloud apparently then plays catch with his brother’s ghost, who decides against going to Heaven in order to stick around for a Red Sox game. Things get hairy when Charlie falls in love with a female apparition.
I’m not making any of that up.
That said, I have to concede that Efron is not an absolutely atrocious actor — we got a chance to see him star in Richard Linklater’s Orson Wells and Me at SXSW (blah blah Austin self-congratulation blah blah, I know I’ll shut up), and he was not only serviceable, but kind of tolerable, which is to say: It could be worse.
It could be Robert Pattinson, whose follow-up to Twilight is Little Ashes (out this weekend), an indie flick in which Pattinson plays Salvador Dali (please don’t burn down our Internet). After the next Twilight movie, New Moon, Pattinson is now in negotiations to star in Memoirs. According to THR, Memoirs is “based on an original screenplay by Will Fetters that will be rewritten by Jenny Lumet, who penned Rachel Getting Married, tells of two lovers whose newfound relationship is threatened as they struggle to deal with family tragedies. Allen Coulter (Hollywoodland) is negotiating to direct.
And for the curious, here’s a trailer for Little Ashes.