Quarter Join Linklater’s Orson Welles

Claire Danes, Eddie Marsan, Leo Bill and Imogen Poots have joined the cast of Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles” reports Reuters.

An adaptation of the 1937-set coming-of-age novel by Robert Kaplow, the story centers on a high school student (Zac 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 (Christian McKay).

He 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. Ben Chaplin has been cast as English film and stage actor George Coulouris.

The script was penned by Holly Gent & Vince Palmo. Filming is scheduled to shoot on the Isle of Man, London and New York beginning in February.