Despite being rushed to the hospital with appendicitis earlier in the week, "High School Musical" star Zac Efron isn't wasting any time filling his schedule.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Efron will play the lead role in the coming-of-age drama "Me and Orson Welles" from director Richard Linklater ("Before Sunset").
Scripted by Holly Gent Palmo, "Me and Orson Welles" is set in 1937 and focuses on a high school student (Efron) who has a chance meeting with Orson Welles (Christian McKay) on the eve of the opening of the Mercury Theatre. The kid gets a role in "Julius Caesar" and learns a few lessons about life.
Also on board for the independently financed project is Ben Chaplin ("Water Horse: The Legend of the Deep").
Efron had his appendix removed at a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday (Jan. 15), sending many a teenage girl into a concerned tizzy.
Once he's healthy again, the "Hairspray" veteran will return to production on the New Line comedy "Seventeen." He'll transition into "Welles" for February and March, before returning for "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," a Disney theatrical release, in April.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times