Zac Efron, star of Rebel Wilson in new films coming to theaters and streaming platforms

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — Next on the list of summer movie blockbusters, after last weekend’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is Fire starter featuring Zac Efron, the former High School Musical star who is now old enough to be a dad. And that’s exactly what he is in Stephen King’s adaptation of the novel to the film. Efron plays Andy McGee who has to help his daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) navigate his ability to set things on fire with his mind. “Firestarter”, the book, was published in 1980, then turned into a film in 1984 with, Drew Barrymore as the young girl, Charlie; David Keith like his father, Andrew McGee; and Heather Locklear like his mother, Vicky McGee. The 2022 film hits theaters worldwide on Friday, May 13.

Rebel Wilson is back in her first film since 2019 where she starred in the film-musical, Cats. Instead of a cat, Wilson plays a high school cheerleader who hits her head right before prom, falls into a coma, and wakes up 20 years later as a 37-year-old woman. In Secondary year, Wilson’s character is determined to return to high school and fulfill her dream of becoming prom queen, but a lot has changed since she was the reigning “it girl.” Secondary year is now streaming on Netflix.

Streaming now on Disney+, it’s the latest take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. Sneakerella takes the traditional ‘poor woman’ role and casts it in a New York teenager who dreams of designing sneakers for the shoe empire, ‘King’. However, his bad pas-dad is against her stepson’s creativity forcing “El” to take matters into her own hands by catching the attention of shoe brand heiress, Kira King. This hip-hop musical version of a popular story features Chosen Jacobs, Lexi Underwood and John Salley.

Airing Sunday on HBO and HBOMax, it’s the first episode of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Rose Leslie and Theo James are the latest duo to take on the roles of Claire Abshire and Henry DeTamble. It’s a love story that started as a book by Audrey Niffenegger and was made into a movie in 2009 with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. The pair fall in love despite, or perhaps because of, Henry’s uncanny genetic ability to time travel – but only within his own lifetime. The first of six episodes airs Sunday.

And finally on Netflix, another serial book-to-movie remake. Lincoln’s lawyer was a 2011 drama starring Matthew McConaughey as a defense attorney who begins to believe his client is guilty of more than one crime. Now, Lincoln’s lawyer the limited series follows a similar story. Manuel Garcia Rulfo is the iconoclastic idealist who runs his law firm out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car and handles cases all over Los Angeles. This show can be binged in a weekend. All 10 episodes are now streaming on Netflix.

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