Zac Efron To Play Link In 'Hairspray'

Zac EfronZac Efron is set to star in New Line Cinemas Hairspray, says Variety.

Efron will play Link, the hunky heartthrob of 'The Corny Collins Show', in the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical. "I was a bit dismissive, because [High School Musical] is pure Disney, and I told him I needed a more subversive energy," said director Adam Shankman. "He worked on it and he gave it to me."

"I had no idea this Disney Channel musical was such a publicity juggernaut, but it became clear to me when I was told Zac would miss rehearsals when 'High School Musical' is launched in Europe, and (Queen Elizabeth II) requested an audience with him."

The project is slated to begin production September 5th.

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