High School Musical star tipped to take on role of Tony Manero

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Simon Cowell is reported to be in talks to buy the rights for Saturday Night Fever.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge is interested in remaking the cult dance film with producer Robert Stigwood, who owns the rights to the screenplay.

Simon, 49, wants Zac Efron, 21, to play the lead role and rapper Timbaland to rework the classic soundtrack.

The charm offensive has been in full swing and they made a breakthrough over the last couple of weeks, a source tells The Sun.

Robert is keen to get some assurances the original won’t be completely butchered. Simon has been drawing up a list of people he wants to get involved. When that meets Robert‘s expectations, the contracts will be signed.

John Travolta, 55, starred in the 1977 original as dancer Tony Manero

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