Perry to cross generation gap in "17"

Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:59am EST

Matthew Perry waits during a news conference in Beverly Hills, California, December 14, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Matthew Perry waits during a news conference in Beverly Hills, California, December 14, 2006.

Credit: Reuters/Fred Prouser

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Matthew Perry will play a grown-up version of Zac Efron in the teen comedy "17." In a scenario that turns the concept of "Big" on its head, the Jason Filardi-penned script follows a middle-aged father who wakes up to find he's 17 again.

In order to be close to his children, he enrolls in their school.

Burr Steers will direct the New Line film.

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

Perry recently starred on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and will be seen on the big screen in "The Laws of Motion," an indie drama that also stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Hilary Swank and Ben Foster.

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