Zach Gilford takes the 'Dare'

'Friday Night Lights' star also eyes 'River Why'

Zach Gilford is continuing his push into film with two new projects.

The actor (NBC's "Friday Night Lights") has inked a deal to star opposite Emmy Rossum in the indie drama "Dare" and is in final negotiations to star in "The River Why."

Gilford's reps said that with the WGA strike, the actor had an "extra long hiatus" and was able to make three deals.

"Dare," helmed by Adam Salky and penned by David Brind, is based on a short film and is filming in Philadelphia.

Gilford plays the bad boy in the film about three high school seniors who break their own rules and take the biggest risks of their lives. He joins a cast that includes Ashley Springer, Ana Gasteyer and Sandra Bernhard.

Meanwhile, Gilford is in final talks to play Gus Orviston in the film adaptation of David James Duncan's 1983 Sierra Club novel "The River Why."

Matt Leutwyler is directing a script penned by Thomas A. Cohen and John Jay Osborn Jr.

Kristi Denton Cohen is producing the film, which is set to start filming in late summer in the Pacific Northwest.

Gilford is repped by Endeavor and D/F Management.