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Rumor: Zac Efron up for unspecified role in upcoming Marvel project

05.15.2014

Those Zac Efron being considered for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII rumors didn't pan out, but with his NEIGHBORS doing well at the box office and with critics, maybe there is some truth to this latest rumor.

L.R. is hearing Marvel wants Zac Efron for an unspecified lead role in an upcoming project. No one knows what part Efron might be up for, but apparently the actor recently received a script for the project.

Marvel obviously has more than a few films in the works, but the studio also is developing new television series for Netflix, and Agenet Carter for ABC. Is Zac Efron heading to the big screen in a future Marvel film, or will he play one of the leads in a new series?

Your guess is as good as mine, but would you be surprised if Marvel is interested in Zac Efron? I feel like NEIGHBORS is going to help Zac Efron's career much like how 21 JUMP STREET helped Channing Tatum's, and I doubt anyone would be shocked if Efron's hit comedy helped him land a role in a new Marvel project. This is only a rumor though, so don't get too excited (or pissy) about Zac Efron possibly appearing in something related to Marvel.

Which Marvel character do you think would be a good fit for Zac Efron?

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2:15AM on 05/16/2014
The perfect role: the jock in the background of an action scene that gets his head blown off.
The perfect role: the jock in the background of an action scene that gets his head blown off.
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11:53PM on 05/15/2014
Iron Fist.

Spider man"Fist him!"
Spider Man picks up and throws Iron Fist at target

Iron Fist"I hate when people say that."

Bendis is a genius.
Iron Fist.

Spider man"Fist him!"
Spider Man picks up and throws Iron Fist at target

Iron Fist"I hate when people say that."

Bendis is a genius.
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10:34PM on 05/15/2014
Could definitely see him as Nova.
Could definitely see him as Nova.
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9:50PM on 05/15/2014

I'm going to guess it will be...

NAMOR!! He has the look just dye his hair and there you have it. He may not have the bodybuilding stature Namor does in the comics but he is fit enough to play him, I mean if Jesse Eisenberg can play Lex then Efron can play Namor.
NAMOR!! He has the look just dye his hair and there you have it. He may not have the bodybuilding stature Namor does in the comics but he is fit enough to play him, I mean if Jesse Eisenberg can play Lex then Efron can play Namor.
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9:24AM on 05/16/2014
I thought the same thing, unfortunately, Namor is at Universal.
I thought the same thing, unfortunately, Namor is at Universal.
7:08PM on 05/15/2014
He has the build for sure and a lof of charisma so I'm down for this.

I'll take it one farther and say I'd be fine with him as Daredevil, I think it's a better choice than Michael C. Hall.
He has the build for sure and a lof of charisma so I'm down for this.

I'll take it one farther and say I'd be fine with him as Daredevil, I think it's a better choice than Michael C. Hall.
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6:36PM on 05/15/2014
Deadpool? I mean, this could be anything, so he could be considered for a role in the next Spiderman film or something, right?
Deadpool? I mean, this could be anything, so he could be considered for a role in the next Spiderman film or something, right?
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5:24AM on 05/16/2014
Conner said this week that The Deadpool movie in early production is movie forward with Ryan Reynolds still attatached. And let's be honest, after that crap he did with Bridges last year and the box office nightmare R.I.P.D Deadpool is like his last hope to really break out and not just as a Sandra Bullock/Kate Hudsom romcom actor.

Hope they get the ball rolling with a lot of these tied up X-Men productions (X-Force) after DOFP ranks in some serious bank next week.
Conner said this week that The Deadpool movie in early production is movie forward with Ryan Reynolds still attatached. And let's be honest, after that crap he did with Bridges last year and the box office nightmare R.I.P.D Deadpool is like his last hope to really break out and not just as a Sandra Bullock/Kate Hudsom romcom actor.

Hope they get the ball rolling with a lot of these tied up X-Men productions (X-Force) after DOFP ranks in some serious bank next week.
4:42PM on 05/15/2014
If there's any justice in the world, he'll be playing Dazzler.
If there's any justice in the world, he'll be playing Dazzler.
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4:07PM on 05/15/2014
He has that smart aleck behavior down. That could help bring some of the levity a lot of Marvel characters.
He has that smart aleck behavior down. That could help bring some of the levity a lot of Marvel characters.
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3:29PM on 05/15/2014
I will take him over Tatum anyday
I will take him over Tatum anyday
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3:27PM on 05/15/2014
Daredevil
Daredevil
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3:07PM on 05/15/2014
I could see him as Nova ,Black Bolt(If a "Inhumans" movie is really on the horizon for Phase 3/4?), or maybe Adam Warlock.
I could see him as Nova ,Black Bolt(If a "Inhumans" movie is really on the horizon for Phase 3/4?), or maybe Adam Warlock.
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2:24PM on 05/15/2014

Danny Rand?

Iron Fist is the only character I could (maybe) see him as. In terms of upcoming Marvel projects.
Iron Fist is the only character I could (maybe) see him as. In terms of upcoming Marvel projects.
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2:15PM on 05/15/2014

I don't mind him.

He's actually not a bad actor. Anyone but Dr. Strange though. Doc needs to be a bit older, like Viggo!
He's actually not a bad actor. Anyone but Dr. Strange though. Doc needs to be a bit older, like Viggo!
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1:03PM on 05/15/2014

Agent Carter series

He'll be the Jimmy Olson type.
He'll be the Jimmy Olson type.
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12:47PM on 05/15/2014
The guy was in Firefly. He's alright in my book.
The guy was in Firefly. He's alright in my book.
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12:43PM on 05/15/2014
If on tv my guess would be Danny Rand aka Iron Fist.
If for a movie, I don't know why, but I have a feeling it could be Black Bolt from the InHumans.
If on tv my guess would be Danny Rand aka Iron Fist.
If for a movie, I don't know why, but I have a feeling it could be Black Bolt from the InHumans.
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12:43PM on 05/15/2014
He fits the bill for a Marvel hero because they are more about flash. It probably makes him even more attractive to the studio that he understands comedy since Marvel movies are littered with comedic one liners.
He fits the bill for a Marvel hero because they are more about flash. It probably makes him even more attractive to the studio that he understands comedy since Marvel movies are littered with comedic one liners.
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12:42PM on 05/15/2014
Luke Cage. :-p
Luke Cage. :-p
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12:30PM on 05/15/2014

The Doctor is In

He could be the Doogie Howser of Dr. Strange movies.
He could be the Doogie Howser of Dr. Strange movies.
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12:12PM on 05/15/2014
I can picture him playing Nova, but in the current incarnation on Ultimate Spider-Man. Would be a good lead into a GotG sequel.
I can picture him playing Nova, but in the current incarnation on Ultimate Spider-Man. Would be a good lead into a GotG sequel.
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11:50AM on 05/15/2014

Efron would have made a pitch perfect Johnny Storm

If Marvel had the rights to Fantastic Four, I could totally have seen them casting him in that. With their current slate, I'm really not sure which role they have in mind, but I agree, Efron is shaping up into quite a talented and charismatic actor.
If Marvel had the rights to Fantastic Four, I could totally have seen them casting him in that. With their current slate, I'm really not sure which role they have in mind, but I agree, Efron is shaping up into quite a talented and charismatic actor.
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11:47AM on 05/15/2014
My guess is that it's Uatu the Watcher
My guess is that it's Uatu the Watcher
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11:44AM on 05/15/2014

He's a good actor with great potential.

Truthfully he's a younger version of Chris Evans.
Truthfully he's a younger version of Chris Evans.
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11:31AM on 05/15/2014

why not !

He's got the looks, the body, he's (kind of) surprisingly good actor...
Curious, like everyone, about who he might play. I would think he's, now to bankable to be on TV, but a Netflix season still give him time to do movies, so... Still, I'd say it's a rumour, because he's not 'outside of the box' thinking enough, for Marvel. He's a bit obvious, kind of.
He's got the looks, the body, he's (kind of) surprisingly good actor...
Curious, like everyone, about who he might play. I would think he's, now to bankable to be on TV, but a Netflix season still give him time to do movies, so... Still, I'd say it's a rumour, because he's not 'outside of the box' thinking enough, for Marvel. He's a bit obvious, kind of.
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11:30AM on 05/15/2014
Apocalypse. Well duh.
Apocalypse. Well duh.
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11:34AM on 05/15/2014
Hehehe...
Fox, not Marvel, but it's a funny one...
Anyway, if it was at Fox, he'd probably play Black Panther in FF 2...
Hehehe...
Fox, not Marvel, but it's a funny one...
Anyway, if it was at Fox, he'd probably play Black Panther in FF 2...
12:27PM on 05/15/2014
Wouldn't that be Bieber?
Wouldn't that be Bieber?
11:25AM on 05/15/2014
Maybe he has a role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s second season.
Maybe he has a role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s second season.
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11:18AM on 05/15/2014
I recall watching the first high school musical movie.....WITH MY THEN 7 YEAR OLD and niece and remember thinking he came across very well - certainly miles ahead of the normal batch of kids Disney normally throws at us though if anyone watches stuff like the Wizards of Waverly Place and Good Luck Charlie (c'mon...I have kids!) you'll know that they have some very good talent to work with. Anywayz, his subsequent post Disney career has proved me right and so I'm more than okay with this. Not
I recall watching the first high school musical movie.....WITH MY THEN 7 YEAR OLD and niece and remember thinking he came across very well - certainly miles ahead of the normal batch of kids Disney normally throws at us though if anyone watches stuff like the Wizards of Waverly Place and Good Luck Charlie (c'mon...I have kids!) you'll know that they have some very good talent to work with. Anywayz, his subsequent post Disney career has proved me right and so I'm more than okay with this. Not sure who he could play but c'mon, whose going to bet against Marvel getting it wrong should these rumours be true.
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11:45AM on 05/15/2014
My niece and nephew is 10 and 11, and yea I've had to watch my fair share of Disney garbage while babysitting.
My niece and nephew is 10 and 11, and yea I've had to watch my fair share of Disney garbage while babysitting.
11:08AM on 05/15/2014

If Seth Rogen can play a comic book character, so can Efron.

Efron has grown on me as an actor like Dave Franco's fifth appendage. I dismissed the guy due to all his Disney crap, but I saw 17 Again on a plane and as bad as that movie was, I didn't blame Efron, I blamed the script/direction. Then I saw Neighbors and accepted him as a normal young adult, then I saw Parkland and accepted him as a serious actor. So bring on the serious action roles, I say.
Efron has grown on me as an actor like Dave Franco's fifth appendage. I dismissed the guy due to all his Disney crap, but I saw 17 Again on a plane and as bad as that movie was, I didn't blame Efron, I blamed the script/direction. Then I saw Neighbors and accepted him as a normal young adult, then I saw Parkland and accepted him as a serious actor. So bring on the serious action roles, I say.
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11:03AM on 05/15/2014
Iron Fist perhaps?
Iron Fist perhaps?
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11:36AM on 05/15/2014
He's a bit short for Daniel Rand, don't you think ? Beside, for a TV show, some martial skills are more needed than for a single movie, IMO.
He's a bit short for Daniel Rand, don't you think ? Beside, for a TV show, some martial skills are more needed than for a single movie, IMO.
1:09PM on 05/15/2014
I just can't see him doing a tv role.. otherwise i'd agree.
I just can't see him doing a tv role.. otherwise i'd agree.
11:02AM on 05/15/2014
It was only a matter of time
It was only a matter of time
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10:21AM on 05/15/2014
Though I'm sure we are far from a solo movie, I could see him as Wonder Man.
Though I'm sure we are far from a solo movie, I could see him as Wonder Man.
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11:37AM on 05/15/2014
That could actually work... Depending on his MCU's origins, off course.
That could actually work... Depending on his MCU's origins, off course.
10:19AM on 05/15/2014
I would be perfectly fine with this. The guy is a good actor and has proven that with some of his latest films (ie Neighbors, The Paperboy, Parkland, At Any Price). Should be interesting to see who he's rumored to be playing.
I would be perfectly fine with this. The guy is a good actor and has proven that with some of his latest films (ie Neighbors, The Paperboy, Parkland, At Any Price). Should be interesting to see who he's rumored to be playing.
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11:41AM on 05/15/2014
Moonknight ?
Moonknight ?
12:17AM on 05/16/2014
Maybe.
Maybe.
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10:18AM on 05/15/2014
He's been showing potential for a while post musical stuff.
He's been showing potential for a while post musical stuff.
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10:07AM on 05/15/2014

Efron is the new Channing Tatum

the guy is cool, charismatic, good looking etc and gets a bad rap for having been in a dancing/musical movie but has the potential to be a Superstar in hollywood. kudos to him. not sure who he will play but wouldnt be opposed to it at all.
the guy is cool, charismatic, good looking etc and gets a bad rap for having been in a dancing/musical movie but has the potential to be a Superstar in hollywood. kudos to him. not sure who he will play but wouldnt be opposed to it at all.
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10:20AM on 05/15/2014
I like Channing too, but as far as acting goes I think Efron is waaaay better/has more potential. There's still a blandness to Channing, but I see what your saying.
I like Channing too, but as far as acting goes I think Efron is waaaay better/has more potential. There's still a blandness to Channing, but I see what your saying.
11:22AM on 05/15/2014
I think he's more like Ryan Gosling. Efron was a Disney star but his movie roles like The Paperboy or That Awkward Moment pretty much erased his Disney images. He's becoming quite a good actor.
I think he's more like Ryan Gosling. Efron was a Disney star but his movie roles like The Paperboy or That Awkward Moment pretty much erased his Disney images. He's becoming quite a good actor.
11:40AM on 05/15/2014
Now Ryan Gosling... THAT'S an actor I'd like to see in a MCU part, someday.
Now Ryan Gosling... THAT'S an actor I'd like to see in a MCU part, someday.
1:06PM on 05/15/2014
Efron is more like Gosling than Tatum? Is that what you are saying? Out of the two, I agree, but I wouldn't compare them normally. I imagine Efron the person will embrace Hollywood and blockbusters, for at least a while, unlike Gosling, who's really tried to avoid those, though gangster squad and the notebook and some others are fairly "big" movies. I don't think Efron has the style and uhm... "Movie IQ" (not saying he's stupid, but I don't see him having real specific visions for
Efron is more like Gosling than Tatum? Is that what you are saying? Out of the two, I agree, but I wouldn't compare them normally. I imagine Efron the person will embrace Hollywood and blockbusters, for at least a while, unlike Gosling, who's really tried to avoid those, though gangster squad and the notebook and some others are fairly "big" movies. I don't think Efron has the style and uhm... "Movie IQ" (not saying he's stupid, but I don't see him having real specific visions for characters and like wanting to direct a film. I don't think Efron will challenge himself a lot. I think he's content being broader - which is fine) as Gosling, but I hear ya


And would love for Gosling to do a comic book film, but I don't think he will now - at least not a big budget popular one. He'd be a solid daredevil, a good brooding Batman, shit any brooding character he'd kill and could prolly do more "eccentric" ones like Wolvie and Gambit. He basically was a "real hero" in Drive
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