Perry will go from pop to prep for '17'


Matthew Perry will play a grown-up version of Zac Efron in "17," New Line's teen comedy being directed by Burr Steers. Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are producing via their Offspring Entertainment banner.

In a scenario that turns the concept of "Big" on its head, the Jason Filardi-penned script follows a middle-age father who wakes up to find he's 17 again. In order to be close to his children, he enrolls in the same school as them.

Production begins early next month.

Efron was attached to star when the project was set up. Leslie Mann, who plays Perry's wife, came on board in October.

Perry (NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") recently wrapped "The Laws of Motion," an indie drama also starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Hilary Swank and Ben Foster.

He is repped by CAA and Doug Chapin Management.