Nicholas Stoller Looking to Helm Zac Efron and Seth Rogen’s ‘Townies’
It must be hard to rebound from a flop, but it looks like director Nicholas Stoller has dusted himself off from the failure of ‘The Five-Year Engagement‘ and lined up ‘Townies,’ which is set to star Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.
He’s currently in talks with Universal to take on the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And though Stoller is part of the Judd Apatow family, this would be his first time directing Seth Rogen – though Stoller was a writer on Rogen’s TV show ‘Undeclared.’
The premise of the film is that Rogen plays a normal guy whose life is turned upside down when he gets into an escalating fight with a nearby fraternity house, which pits him against Efron’s frat boy. And on the paper, this is exactly what Efron needs to do to segue into adult roles.
Sure, Efron still has a solid following of young girls and women (‘The Lucky One‘ has made over $80 Million worldwide), but this is the sort of role that would allow him to make fun of himself, and become likeable by playing a jerk and possibly an idiot. There’s something very appealing about watching a pretty-boy play against type, and this could be the role that gets audiences to appreciate him as more than just the former star of ‘High School Musical.’