Tupper tapped for Welles biopic


"Men in Trees" star James Tupper will portray actor Joseph Cotten in Richard Linklater's indie biopic "Me and Orson Welles" with Claire Danes and Zac Efron.

Tupper, who recently signed with ICM for representation, will portray the star whose career was launched with roles in Welles' classic "Citizen Kane" and "The Magnificent Ambersons." He starred in several Alfred Hitchcock films and memorably tangled with Welles in the 1949 thriller "The Third Man"

Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. adapted the screenplay from Robert Kaplow's 2003 novel, which follows a teen (Efron) who is cast in Welles' 1937 Broadway staging of "Julius Caesar" opposite Cotten. Principal photography has begun in the Isle of Man, London and New York.

Tupper recently starred opposite Sissy Spacek and Alfre Woodard in the CBS telefilm "Pictures of Hollis Woods."

Marc Samuelson, Anne Carli and Linklater are producing the film with financing from the Isle of Man Film Commission and Framestore Feature. Steve Christian, John Sloss and Steve Norris are executive producing, and Sloss' Cinetic Media is handling domestic sales.

Tupper also is repped by Untitled Entertainment and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.