High School Musical grad Zac Efron has admitted that he would have "big shoes to fill" if he was give the opportunity to star as Danny in the recently announced live three-hour TV special of the hit film and musical.
Following on from the announcement that FOX will air the live TV special next year, E! News questioned Zac on the possibility of taking on the role that made John Travolta a household name.
With no word on casting yet, the actor said: "That's an honor. Those are big shoes to fill. I think I came as close to it as you could in High School Musical. "
Would you like Zac to play the role of Danny? (WENN)
But he went on to add: "To actually do that? Yeah, those are big shoes."
Speaking of the event, the senior VP event series at Fox, Shana C. Waterman said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter: "From Broadway to film, and across generations, Grease is one of the most beloved musical stories ever told -- and we can't wait to bring it to our air in a spectacular live event.
"Its iconic characters and addictive songs make it the perfect fit for Fox, and we’re going to give it the kind of star power and production quality to make every Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Kenickie out there want to get up and sing along."
It doesn't matter how old we get, we'll always love Grease! (WENN)
Amy Powell, Paramount TV president also shared her excitement about working with FOX on the special broadcast. She said:
"It’s incredibly exciting to have one of our first major network productions be based on this universally celebrated Paramount title, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Kevin [Reilly], Joe [Early] and Shana [Waterman] on this epic television event.
"Fox's passion for engaging audiences with bold storytelling and live musical formats make it a perfect home for this special broadcast."