Quartet goes to the 'Welles' for Linklater

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Claire Danes, Eddie Marsan, Leo Bill and Imogen Poots have joined the cast of Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles," an adaptation of the period coming-of-age novel by Ro-bert Kaplow.

Danes and company join Zac Efron and Ben Chaplin in the cast for the 1937-set film, which centers on a high school student (Efron) who, while strolling the streets of New York, happens upon the yet-to-open Mercury Theatre and is noticed by its mercurial founder, Orson Welles.

He lands a bit part in "Julius Caesar," the production that catapulted Welles to the top, and spends the next week learning about life and love.

Newcomer Christian McKay plays Welles while Chaplin has been cast as English film and stage actor George Coulouris.

The script was penned by Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo.

Ann Carli is producing the film, which is scheduled to shoot on the Isle of Man, London and New York beginning in February.

Cinetic Media will handle domestic sales and Cinetic Media and Odyssey Entertainment are jointly repping foreign sales on the project.
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