Playing a 17-year-old who lands a part in Orson Welles' theater production of Julius Caesar, Zac Efron tries to impress Claire Danes, the production assistant he falls in love with.
First look at the upcoming period-drama film "Me and Orson Welles" has come out in the form of a promo trailer. Taking all the attention to Zac Efron's Richard Samuels, the one minute compilation of footage serves as an introduction to the leading character and teases on his relationship with Claire Danes' Sonja Jones.
Previously, another sneak peek was found in a short clip. The snippet unravels the first meeting between Samuels and Christian McKay's theater director Orson Welles, which turns to be an impromptu audition for the 17-year-old when he is asked to sing in front of Welles and his entourage.
Based on the novel by Robert Kaplow, "Me and Orson Welles" is set in the thrilling world of New York theater. It follows the story of a teenage student who spends his days dreaming of the bright lights of Broadway. Impressing Orson Welles and his fledgling Mercury Theatre company with an impromptu audition, he lands a bit part in the Mercury's forthcoming run of Julius Caesar.
With Welles' womanizing taking priority over rehearsals, chaos and calamity mark the production from the start. Before long, opening night has arrived and Richard will discover the terrible secrets of show business. Directed by Academy Award-nominated helmer Richard Linklater, the movie was shot in the Isle of Man, London and in New York. It is yet to have a release date, but is targeted to hit theaters across the U.S. sometime in late 2009.