Zac Efron will star in Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles,” an adaptation of the period coming-of-age novel by Robert Kaplow says The Hollywood Reporter.
Set in 1937, the story centers on a high school student (Efron) who, while strolling the streets of New York, happens upon the yet-to-open Mercury Theatre and is noticed by its mercurial founder, Orson Welles.
The man lands a bit part in “Julius Caesar,” the production that catapulted Welles to the top, and spends the next week learning about life and love.
Newcomer Christian McKay will play Welles, whilst Ben Chaplin (“The Water Horse”) has been cast as English film and stage actor George Coulouris.
Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo penned the script of the independently financed project.
Efron, currently recovering from an emergency appendectomy, will return to shooting the New Line comedy “Seventeen” shortly before shooting ‘Welles’ which begins filming late February in New York, London and the Isle of Man.
Efron then begins filming Disney’s “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” in mid-April.