Actor says he's a big fan of sci-fi franchise

Zac Efron has admitted that he has had talks with producers regarding a role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

Efron, who stars in the new rom-com That Awkward Moment and is known for his roles in films such as High School Musical and 17 Again, told MTV that he had met with the people behind the sci-fi franchise and that he was a big fan of the original films.

“Yeah, I just went and met with them,” said Efron. “So I don’t know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], I love them, but… who knows?”

Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to open in cinemas on December 18, 2015, with shooting due to begin later this year at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Directed by JJ Abrams, a host of actors have been confirmed with roles in the film: Judi Dench was recently rumoured to be taking on a role in the flick, while Atonement‘s Saoirse Ronan and The Wire actor Michael B Jordan have both revealed they have auditioned for roles. Benedict Cumberbatch, who worked with Abrams on last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, has also been linked to the project too.

More recently, meanwhile, it was revealed that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will reprise their roles from the original trilogy in the film. The trio portrayed iconic characters Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in the first run of films.