It wasn't too long ago that Seth Rogen was the one playing the college student. What? Undeclared was ten years ago? Holy cow. Well, never mind. It was pretty long ago. And now, he might be playing the responsible adult who is unwittingly surrounded by bad news college students. Rogen is attached to the developing project Townies, in which he'll play a married man who comes to blows with his neighbors: a house of frat boys, led by (potentially) Zac Efron.
If you went to a college like I did, there was a certain stigma attached to the denizens of the surrounding neighborhood. And when you finally moved off campus into aforesaid neighborhood, you might have found that these stigmas were true. Townies are, for all intents and purposes, weird. That's because when you're in college, your substance-addled, narcissistic minds can't process that people who aren't quite like you are not necessarily worse. In fact, they're probably better. After all, you're the one who just skipped Sociology to get drunk and watch an episode of Jabberjaw. That you've already seen. I might be deflecting.
This could be what furthers Rogen's image beyond stoner slacker, transitioning him smoothly by still being a movie about stoner slackers. He's just not one of them. And as for Efron, perhaps a role in a Rogen comedy might help to expand his reach to wider audiences.
Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Five-Year Engagement) is in talks to direct the project.
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