In an unlikely match-up, THR reports that funnyman Seth Rogen and pretty-boy Zac Efron are teaming up for a new comedy from Universal Studios. The untitled comedy is a pitch project from writers Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, about an average guy taking on a frat boy, guess which one Rogen will play.
These are two names I would never have imagined linked together in a comedy project. Rogen is an established comedic actor, with a slew of comedies under his belt from crude R-rated pics like Superbad and Pineapple Express, to action comedies like recent The Green Hornet and Kung Fu Panda 2.
It’s Efron that is so surprising. As the pretty-boy tweener heart-throb star of High School Musical (parts 1, 2 and 3), Efron has a young career full of playing the wholesome cute-guy role in teen-geared movies like 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud. I’m not sure how he’ll handle a Rogen-type comedy, but since he’ll be playing a frat boy I don’t think it’ll be too much of a stretch.
Writers Cohen and O’Brien haven’t really written much as far as feature films go, but they have worked in a production capacity on Funny People and The 40 Year Old Virgin, so they’re familiar at least with the landscape of comedy. They’ll also be producing, along with Rogen and his producer partner Evan Goldberg through their production company Point Grey.