Washington, Jan 19 : High School Musical star Zac Efron has been roped in to star in director Richard Linklater's 'Me and Orson Welles', an adaptation of Robert Kaplow's 1930s-era coming-of-age novel.
Efron will be playing a high school senior Richard Samuels who, while walking the streets of Manhattan one day, comes across Orson Welles' still unopened Mercury Theatre, where the Shakespearean auteur, pre-Citizen Kane, is staging a production of Julius Caesar, reports E! Online
Richard lands a bit part in the play and does a lot of growing up during his brief time under Welles' guidance.
Actor Ben Chaplin has been signed on to play the real-life English film and stage actor George Coulouris along with newcomer Christian McKay who would be portraying Welles.
Efron, who recently underwent an emergency appendectomy, has also been signed in to star in High School Musical 3: Senior Year.