Now that the roles of Sandy and Rizzo have been cast in Fox's Grease: Live, it's time to pick their Danny Zuko. With Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens playing Sandy and Rizzo respectively, the show is already shaping up to be pretty great. But you know what would tip it over the edge? If Grease: Live cast Zac Efron in John Travolta's signature role. Think about it for a minute; wouldn't he be perfect?
I'm not the only one who thinks so. When Fox first announced Grease: Live, Efron's name was tossed around by many in the media, and fortunately he ended up responding pretty positively to the suggestion. "That's an honor," he said to E! News. "Those are big shoes to fill. I think I came as close to it as you could in High School Musical. To actually do that? Yeah, those are big shoes."
It's true that Travolta did leave some large shoes to fill (and some high notes to hit), but I think Efron is up for the job. When I learned that Fox still hadn't cast their Danny, my mind instantly jumped to Efron. Here are eight reasons why I think he'd be perfect for the role.
He Can Sing
That's pretty important for any actor hoping to star in a musical, after all. (Also, watch that video all the way to the end because it's a Zac Efron/Taylor Swift duet about Ellen DeGeneres and it's flawless.)
He Can Dance
Efron can thank his High School Musical and Hairspray days for preparing him for the role of a lifetime.
He Looks Amazing in a Leather Jacket
He can totally pull off that T-Birds look.
He Already Has On-Screen Chemistry With Vanessa Hudgens
We know from his HSM days that Efron and Hudgens are good at acting together. But even though they've since broken up, Efron can still play Danny since Hudgens doesn't have the role of Danny's love interest.
He Can Rock a Period Look
Efron already tackled the 1960s in Hairspray, so trying to get that 1950s Grease look and attitude isn't much of a stretch for him.
He's Got Great Hair
Danny loves his hair, and Efron does too.
He Has That Boyish High School Look
If he shaves, Efron can totally pull off the appearance of a high schooler. That's something you can't really even say about Travolta in that movie.
He Has the Hip Thrust Down
Seriously, is he the perfect Danny or what?