Casting Net: Zac Efron to play a 'college Donnie Brasco'; Plus Josh Hutcherson, Hayden Christensen, and more

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• Zac Efron (17 Again) will play a college student-turned-police informant in Narc, described as a “college Donnie Brasco.” Efron’s character is a big man on campus type, but that’s where any similarity to his High School Musical basketball player ends. In Narc, Efron’s a frat president and lacrosse team captain until he’s busted for drugs. But then he takes a page from the books of Frank Abagnale and Neal Caffrey and puts his skills to use as a narc for the police. [Deadline]

• Josh Hutcherson has been in the mainstream spotlight lately with movies like The Hunger Games and his Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel, but now he’s lined up an independently produced film that he calls “a passion project.” The film, called Ape, is a psychological thriller that Hutcherson will star in and produce. Miguel Sapochnik (Repo Men) is set to direct the movie described as “a dramatic tale of a young man’s struggle with mental illness, love and a deep-rooted family secret.” [The Wrap]

• Hayden Christensen has found a starring vehicle for his new production company, Glacier Films, which he started this month with his brother, Tove. The Star Wars actor will star in indie spy thriller Inner Circle. Details on the film’s plot are yet-to-be-announced. The film is one of 11 movies Glacier Films has scheduled to shoot over the next three years. [Variety]

As Universal announced the Valentine’s Day 2014 release date for its Endless Love remake, the studio revealed one more cast member: Joely Richardson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). Her part is currently unknown, but the film stars Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) in the roles played by Martin Hewitt and Brooke Shields in the 1981 original. Shana Feste (Country Strong) is directing the project. [Variety]

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