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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 2, 2008 |


I am loathe to make a sitcom-level joke about how unlikely it is you’d ever read a sentence containing the names of both Zac Efron and Orson Welles in it, but in this case, it’s warranted, if only to demonstrate what an affront that combination is to decency, to intelligence, and to common sense.

Indeed, Richard Linklater — who dabbles occasionally in mainstream cinema (Bad News Bears, School of Rock) when he needs the cash to bankroll Ethan Hawke’s career — is directing a film from first-time writer, Holly Gent Palmo, called Me and Orson Welles. The film is about a teenager cast in a production of “Julius Ceasar” directed by a young Orson Welles in 1937. Zac Effron plays that young teenager, which is strange because Orson Welles would sooner eat Zac Effron with a bottle of Scotch than cast him in his play. Shame the hell on Richard Linklater, who should have more sense than to besmirch Welles’ good name with the likes of Efron.

Aside from Efron’s existence (both in the movie and in the world), Me and Orson Welles is somewhat intriguing, as it will also feature Joseph Cotton, John Houseman, and George Coulouris, played mostly by nobodies (Ben Chaplin gets the honor of depicting Coulouris). Elia Kazan’s grand-daughter, Zoe Kazan, also has a role, which makes Efron’s presence all the more unsettling. Claire Danes, FYI, plays the opportunistic love interest.

Christian McKay, who most of you know from absolutely nothing, will be playing Welles, which is a shame. Everyone knows that Greg Grunberg is the perfect Orson Welles.

(Photo Compliments of Entertainment Weekly)

Casting Atrocity / Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 2, 2008 |

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