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Zac Efron Plays Drug Dealer in 'Snabba Cash'

Zac Efron's Leaving Behind His Squeaky Clean Image

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Zac Efron Photo at the 17 Again Premiere

Zac Efron at the premiere of '17 Again.'

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April 15, 2010 - Zac Efron's getting as far away from his High School Musical persona as possible with a starring role in Snabba Cash, a crime thriller set up at Warner Bros Pictures after an intense bidding war between the major studios. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Efron's involvement, with the actor also getting busy behind the scenes in a producer capacity.

Snabba Cash is based on the 2006 book by Swedish criminal defense lawyer/writer Jens Lapidus. Lapidus' book has already provided fodder for one feature film, a Swedish production that hit theaters there earlier this year. The book followed three very troubled characters, Jorge, Mrado and JW. JW is a rich kid who needs to find a way to support his lifestyle, Jorge is in prison for drug trafficking, and Mrado is a mafia enforcer who wants out of the trade. The storylines are interconnected as the men work together to make money. Efron will be taking on the JW role.

Efron's doing his best to distance himself from his Disney image. Efron backed out of the musical Footloose because he didn't want to be stuck starring in musicals. He stretched his acting muscles and earned decent reviews for his starring role in the indie film Me and Orson Welles. He'll next be seen in the edgy indie The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud for director Burr Steers.

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