The internet is running rampant with rumors that High School Musical star Zac Efron (who I boldly predicted would receive a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in the film) will star in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 alongside Johnny Depp.
According to "sources" (who these sources are, I have no idea), Efron has been offered $10 million dollars for the role. That's a whole lot of money.
Now, before you dismiss this rumor as similar to the one that he would take over for Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway in Equus (and thus take off his clothes onstage), which he has since denied, this one could have some merit. It is Disney, after all, who produces both HSM and Pirates. They do like to keep things in the family, and Efron has proven to be a valuable investment thus far.
Zac has filmed two movies in addition to the HSM trilogy -- 17 Again opposite Matthew Perry, and Me and Orson Welles with Claire Danes.
Stay tuned for more info...