Zac Efron in The Lucky One

Zac Efron in The Lucky One

This week we see Zac Efron return to the big screen for the first time since he was part of the ensemble cast of New Year's Eve at the end of last year.

Efron is set to lead the cast in The Lucky One, which is the latest Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted for the big screen.

This latest project sees the young actor put his dramatic hat on as he takes on the role of U.S.> Marine, Logan who has survived three tours of Iraq.

Logan put his good fortune oversees down to a picture of an unknown woman that he found. Once home Logan decides to try to find her to thank her for saving his life.

Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner join Efron on the cast list while Scott Hicks is in the director's chair for the first time since The Boys Are Back.

If you are familiar with Sparks' work then you know that the likes of The Notebook, A Walk To Remember and Dear John have all packed rather an emotional punch and The Lucky One promises to be no different.

But The Lucky One kicks of what is set to be a very busy 2012 for the action as he has a host of projects in the pipeline.

Dr Seuss' The Lorax is the next project for Efron as he lends his voice to the animated movie.

The film has already hit the big scree in America and topped the box office in the first week of release as it grossed a very impressive $70.7 million.

The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams.

To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Taylor Swift and Danny DeVito have also lent their voices to the movie and The Lorax is set to be one of THE animation movies of the summer.

Efron is also se to star in the big screen adaptation of Peter Dexter's novel The Paperboy, which will be directed by Lee Daniels.

The movie sees Efron and Matthew McConaughey, a reporter, play brothers who investigate a case involving a death row inmate (John Cusack).

The movie is set to be one of the film that will compete for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival later this spring.

Efron has also completed work on At any Price, which sees him team up with filmmaker Ramin Bahrani as well as heather Graham and Dennis Quaid.

The Lucky One is out now

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