Zac Efron Set To Star In New Aussie Thriller, ‘Gold’

Forget Byron bay; it's all about South Australia for Zefron hunters.

Good news! Your favourite adopted Aussie is going to be hanging around for a while longer. The actor has reportedly signed on for a Stan movie, set to be filmed in South Australia later this month.

Yep, Zefron – who's been in Byron since March to escape the global pandemic and is now dating local Vanessa Valladares – is set to star in a flick called Gold, which will start filming in SA in just a few weeks. The thriller will also star director Anthony Hayes, who's doubling as co-screenwriter along with Polly Smyth, as well as award-winning actress Susie Porter.

Gold will follow two strangers travelling through a desert who come across the biggest nugget of gold supposedly ever found. According to Deadline, the pair devise a plan to protect and excavate their loot, with one man leaving to get the equipment and the other man left to endure harsh desert elements and the sneaking suspicion his mate might not be coming back after all. Spooky!

The movie's expected to bring about a heap more jobs and investment for South Australia – which is beaut news for locals looking for work through the pandemic. "South Australia became one of the first locations in the world to resume film and television production after COVID delays," said South Australian Innovation and Skills Minister David Pisoni. "The economic benefits of local screen production extend to the construction, hospitality, transportation and retail sectors."

The last we heard of Zefron, he was loving life at his 33rd birthday party with an eclectic group pulled together by girlfriend Vanessa. Party-goers included tennis player Pat Rafter, Chris and Liam Hemsworth's dad and none other than Kyle Sandilands.

On the career front, Zac recently also signed on for a role in a remake of Stephen King classic Firestarter and in a remake of '90s film Three Men And A Baby. More Zefron content! We can't wait.

Gold will premiere on Stan and in cinemas next year.

Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are at @sangeetatatiana.