Based in real theatrical history, 'Me and Orson Welles' is a romantic coming-of-age story about a teenage actor who lucks into a role in Julius Caesar as it's being re-imagined by a brilliant, impetuous young director named Orson Welles at his newly-founded Mercury Theater in NYC, 1937.
The rollercoaster week leading up to opening night has the charismatic-but-sometimes-cruel Welles (impressive newcomer Christian McKay) staking his career on this risky production while Richard (Zac Efron) mixes with everyone from starlets to stagehands in behind-the-scenes adventures bound to change him.
Claire Danes co-stars as Sonja Jones, the unapologetically ambitious assistant to Welles whom Richard tries to woo. Ben Chaplin plays Mercury Theater regular George Coulouris. Zoe Kazan, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly and James Tupper are among the talented ensemble cast. The fast-moving screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo is based on Robert Kaplow's meticulously researched novel of the same name. Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater is at the helm of the CinemaNX and Detour Film production, opening nationally in select cities November 25, 2009.
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 109min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 11/25/2009
- DVD Release Date: 09/13/2011
- Distributor(s): Freestyle Releasing
- Themes: Actor's Life,Life in the Arts
- Tone: Humorous,Nostalgic
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (11-25-2009)
- Language: English