Zac Efron to Star in ‘Art of the Steal’

Is the world ready to accept Zac Efron as a thief? Besides, you know, stealing the hearts of girls everywhere?

Hopefully so, because Variety (via Digital Spy) reports that the former High School Musical hunk is set to star in a new thriller, Art of the Steal. Efron will play a seemingly ordinary guy (which will be a stretch for him in itself) who, unbeknownst to those around him, is actually a con man who plans and executes elaborate heists. The project, based on a Wired magazine article, will be co-produced by Efron and is set for tentative release in 2013.

The 22-year-old is going to be a busy guy in coming months. He’s also slated to star in the war drama The Lucky One (based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks) and the action drama Die in a Gunfight.

Do you think that Efron will eventually be able to shake his High School Musical image and develop into a bona fide movie star? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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