Once decried by jealous men everywhere as but a walking ab, Zac Efron has defied his critics in recent years with a whole locker room’s worth of indie movie roles. First, the biggest shock of ‘em all: he portrayed Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a downright nasty biographical crime pic of the American mass murderer that also starred, of all people, Metallica’s James Hetfield.
Last year, there was stuff like the Stephen King adaptation Firestarter and somehow Oscar-winning director Peter Farrelly’s *The Greatest Beer Run Ever—*and next, he’ll look to take it up a notch in wrestling family biopic The Iron Claw, from A24, Hollywood’s answer to Supreme.
Wrestling is obviously very cool and has never, ever not been so, but there’s an extra-special reason why this is such a tantalizing prospect. Director Sean Durkin is known for his psychodramatic proclivities, digging into the interiority of characters played by Sean Harris, Rory Kinnear, Cary Coons, Elizabeth Olsen and Jude Law. We love depth! 2020’s The Nest was a big hit among lovers of movies and Bronski Beat’s “Smalltown Boy” alike at Sundance Film Festival that year, as was the psychothriller Martha Marcy May Marlene in the same spot back in 2011.
Oh yeah, and Efron looks absolutely fuckin’ jacked. Evergreen! Here’s everything else you need to know about The Iron Claw.
Who’s going to star in The Iron Claw?
Efron might be the headline casting for this square circle affair, but he’s set to be joined by two super-hot acting talents in their own right.
Jeremy Allen White, down to play Von Erich brother Kerry, is hot off the heels of his major Hollywood breakthrough in the form of Disney’s The Bear, and Harris Dickinson, basking in acclaim in the wake of Ruben Östlund’s Cannes-winner Triangle of Sadness, will step up as brother David. While we have had the odd peak of Efron in one of the greatest wigs of all time, A24 has released its first official image of the foursome ahead of its release. Naturally, Efron is jacked to the nines, but White, whose recent foray into the world of short shorts has sent the internet into a tizzy, also admitted to gaining 40lbs of muscle for the role.