Me & Mr. Welles: Linklater's Comedy Begins Shooting

February 5, 2008–“Me & Orson Welles,” the coming-of-age romantic comedy to start principal photography in the Isle of Man on February 24th, before moving to Pinewood Studios, London locations and New York

Zac Efron (Hairspray, High School Musical) and Claire Danes (Stardust, Romeo and Juliet) head a starry ensemble cast in the CinemaNX production of the romantic theatrical comedy “Me & Orson Welles,” to be filmed by Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Before Sunset) in England, the Isle of Man and New York.

The screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. is based on the novel by Robert Kaplow, a coming-of-age story set in the heady world of New York theatre. Efron plays a teenage student who lucks his way into a minor role in the 1937 Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar, directed by 22-year-old genius Orson Welles. In the words of Kaplows protagonist: “This is the story of one week in my life. I was seventeen. It was the week I slept in Orson Welles's pajamas. It was the week I fell in love. It was the week I fell out of love.”

Newcomer Christian McKay, an alumnus of RADA and the Royal Shakespeare Company, stars as Orson Welles, alongside Ben Chaplin (The New World, The Truth About Cats And Dogs) as George Coulouris, Kelly Reilly (Dylan, Mrs Henderson Presents), Eddie Marsan (Miami Vice, The Illusionist) as John Houseman and Leo Bill (Becoming Jane, Vera Drake) as Norman Lloyd. The featured cast also includes Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, V For Vendetta) and National Theatre and RSC actor Aidan McArdle (The Duchess).

CinemaNX presents, in association with Isle of Man Film and Framestore Features, a Richard Linklater Film, ME & ORSON WELLES, produced by Marc Samuelson (Stormbreaker, Wilde), Ann Carli (Fast Food Nation, Crossroads) and Richard Linklater, with Steve Christian, John Sloss and Steve Norris as executive producers. Cinetic Media will handle domestic sales and Cinetic Media and Odyssey Entertainment are jointly appointed to represent foreign sales.

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