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Zac Efron gets the shock of his life in Parkland clip

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A life is on the line

Parkland pushes Zac Efron to his limit. The actor stars alongside Oscar winners and Hollywood veterans in the historical drama. In the following clip, Efron has a date with destiny that changes his character forever.

A life is on the line

Zac Efron continues to take his career in the right direction. The former High School Musical star has a plum role in next month's Parkland. It's a period piece centered around one of the most tumultuous moments in American history — the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy.

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Parkland recently screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The film's cast features a star-studded lineup of television and movie veterans. Efron works alongside Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, James Badge Dale, Ron Livingston,  Jacki Weaver, Paul Giamatti and many more.

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Efron plays Dr. Charles James Carrico, one of the young medical professionals who attempted to save the president's life. There's also Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, a spectator who shot the most famous home video of all time. With his hand-held camera, he accidentally documented the hit that took President Kennedy's life.

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In the following clip, Efron's Dr. Carrico meets his unexpected patient. He flexes his acting muscles as he illustrates shock, horror and confusion.

Is it just us, or does Efron channel a young Leonardo DiCaprio here? It's no secret that he's purposely strayed away from his Disney origin. This is a great display of Efron's talent.

In case you missed it, here's the full-length trailer:

Parkland opens in theaters Oct. 4.

Will you be seeing Parkland next month?

Photo credit: Millennium Entertainment
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