Zac Efron and Orson Welles finally have something in common.

A period piece about a 1937 Orson Welles stage production of 'Caesar'? Not exactly what you'd expect from Richard Linklater, the man behind 'Dazed and Confused,' 'Before Sunrise' and 'Walking Life.'

A period piece starring Disney pin-up Zac Efron? Even less so.

But 'Me and Orson Welles' is one of the most pleasant surprises of the festival, thanks in large part to Efron's lead performance as a young wannabe actor who hustles his way into the Welles production -- and temporarily, into his inner-circle -- four years before the man would make 'Citizen Kane.'