Zac Efron has officially signed up for an untitled Matt Drake project. Back in February, he was reported circling the project but he has committed to it now that Fredrik Bond is on board to direct the movie.
Bond, a commercial and music video director, is hired to replace Dante Ariola who left the project though he was attached to the helming duty. The upcoming movie will be Bond's feature film debut. Drake, meawhile, writes the script for the action romance which was previously called "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman".
In the film, Efron will play a suburban kid, who spontaneously travels to Eastern Europe to find himself. Early on in his comedic journey, he falls for an alluring young woman and the only thing standing between them is her charismatic, dangerous ex from a criminal underworld. Armed with little more than his wit and naive charm, Efron endures one bruising beat down after another in order to woo the girl he loves and achieve salvation.
Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions will produce along with William Horberg. The film is listed as a priority project for the company. There is no word on when the production will be kicked off.
Efron recently wrapped the production for "The Lucky One" and has shot his part in star-studded romantic comedy "New Year's Eve". Bond, in the meantime, has been searching to make his feature debut for some time and is linked to remakes of horror movies "The Host" and "The Hunger".