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Efron making ‘Cash’ for Warner Bros.

Actor to star in Atlas remake of Swedish thriller

Zac Efron will star in a remake of Swedish thriller “Snabba Cash” for Warner Bros. with Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle producing.

Efron’s shingle, set up at Warner Bros. earlier this year, will also produce as will original producer Fredrik Wikstrom. Michael Hjorth will exec produce.

Warner’s announced Wednesday it had won the bid for the remake rights. Interest in the project’s been elevated thanks to the popularity of another Swedish crime thriller, Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Efron will portray a financial wizard who hopes to strike it rich quickly by creating money laundering schemes for a drug syndicate.

“Snabba Cash” — translated as “easy money” — was based on the 2006 Jens Lapidus novel of three interlocking stories about set in Stockholm about friends who become involved with drugs and organized crime. Swedish pic was directed by Daniel Espinosa with Joel Kinnaman portraying the lead as a taxi driver and cocaine runner.

Jon Berg is overseeing for Warner Bros. Project’s the first acquisition for Efron’s shingle.

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