Zac Efron to Film Survival Thriller ‘Gold’ in Australia

Paramount Pictures

Zac Efron has signed up to star in Gold, a survival thriller to be filmed in Australia this month.

The plot will follow two strangers traveling through the desert who stumble across a big gold nugget. They make a plan: one man leaves to go get equipment and the other attempts to survive the elements to protect the gold. The latter, as you can imagine, is in for it, battling wild dogs and mysterious intruders – and all the while wondering whether he’s actually been abandoned.

The film is to be directed by Anthony Hayes, who is also set to co-star. Hayes is an actor and filmmaker whose acting credits include Animal Kingdom and the Mystery Road series. This will be his third feature as director, following 2008 drama Ten Empty. Hayes also penned the screenplay with Polly Smyth, a costumer department member (The Eagle, Killer Elite) making her feature screenwriting debut.

“This is an exciting, gripping and timely tale about greed, humanity, who we are, what we’ve done to the world and where we are heading if we aren’t careful,” Hayes said in a statement.

“To have Zac Efron as my main man on this film is an absolute gift and to see what he is creating already is like nothing we’ve seen from him before. I can’t wait to deliver this bold, visceral and cinematic film to audiences all around the world.’

Also among the production team: Wolf Creek 2 editor Sean Lahiff; Red Dog production designer Sam Hobbs; The Dressmaker director of photography Ross Giardina; and make up and prosthetics artist Jennifer Lamphee, who worked on The Wolverine.

Madman Entertainment will be releasing the film theatrically in Australia, where it will then be streamed by one of the film’s backers, streaming service Stan.


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