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Zac Efron is Richard Samuels

Zac Efron is Richard Samuels

Zac Efron has been confirmed to star in Me and Orson Welles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Zac was spotted reading the Me and Orson Welles screenplay back in August.

The film is set in 1937 and the story centers on high school student Richard Samuels (Efron). While strolling the streets of New York, Samuels happens upon the yet-to-open Mercury Theatre and is noticed by its mercurial founder, Orson Welles (Christian McKay). The man 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.

Welles will shoot mid-February and March in New York, London and the Isle of Man. Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year will begin filming April 21st.

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  • KRUNG KRUNG

    eh.

  • babybuff

    second!!!!

  • daniel93

    third

  • babybuff

    oh and wow, he’s working a lot!

  • kate

    5th

  • Mike

    YAYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://JustJared kathryn

    yey! another movie

  • Heywood jablomie

    So this fey little bastard is now taking work from more deserving actors? Boo Hollywood!

    Alba was right about him, just a little boy caked in makeup.

  • trip

    oh can’t wait!

  • CG

    hi everyone

  • LOREN_LA

    WOW TOO MUCH WORK
    i guess we don´t gonna see him so much this months, too bad

  • mumi

    12# yes :) hope zacs better now, love you

  • Jennifer W.

    i wish him look and i hope zac starts feeling better soon. Vanessa will be in Texas shooting her movie Will when Zac will be in New York shooting this new movie. I bet Zac and Vanessa will miss each other alot.

  • http://www.disney.com vanessa hudgens rocks!

    kool
    zac is sooooooo
    koool
    love you soo much!!!

  • team v

    zac efron is the besttttttttttttttttttttttt!

  • Jennifer.

    wow.
    hes hot in the picture. xD

  • Jennifer.

    wow.
    hes hot in the picture. xD

  • team v

    zac is the bestttttttttttttttttttttttttttt!!!!

  • suzy

    Well done Zac

  • suzy

    Well done Zac

  • anna

    love him

  • zanessa 4 ever

    zanessa z making everything together vanessa z going 2 texas , zac 2 new york poor guys they will b away of eachothers 4 along time … i hope they spend the valentinesday together b4 they leave ..
    they are working alot but gd 4 them …
    LOVE ZANESSA

  • http://www.disney.com vanessa hudgens rocks!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVolmWyIgWk

    WHAT ZAC AND VANESSA THINK ABOUT ZANESSA??
    VIDEO!!!

  • april

    Love him….great to see him getting the opportunity to do more film !

  • http://www.t-vox.org/index.php?title=Transgender T Vox

    Please donate funds to The Zac Effron Foundation this Valentines day to raise money for his much needed sexual reassignment surgery to quash recent speculation about him being a queer bender.

    Please have your debit, or credit cards ready and please dial

    1-800-GIVE-ZAC-A-WIENER

    Thank you for your generosity

  • zanessa 4 ever

    I WISH ZAC & VANESSA DO ANOTHER MOVIES TOGETHER BESIDE
    HSM !! it would be great zac is a great actor & vanessa is very talented shez a great actress too i can’t wait to c her another movie WILL …
    I LOVE U BABY V!!!!
    ZANESSA ROX!!

  • eva

    first pageee

    ouuu awesome zacc
    congratulationnss!!!

    i hope he is getting well!

  • Didi

    ive dialed the 1-800 number but it’s not working.

  • HAnnah

    yaayyyy we not gunna see him around but at least we get to see him on the big screen!
    oh I LOVE HIM
    thats all i can say
    this movie sounds really good :)

  • cindy

    Great news for Zac. Congrats! Sounds like most of the HSM stars will be in other movies before shooting HSM3. I’m sure this last film will be bitter sweet for all of them. Last movie together with all the original cast. Last movie together for Vanessa and Ashley bff’s. Zac and Vanessa, and all the rest. As Ashley has already said , I’m sure there will be a few tears shed during filming especially at the end when it wraps. For some reason this cast reminds me of the “Friends” cast with the chemistry. They are all really close onset and off. Guess that’s why they have such successful films. People can feel the connection they all have.

    I for one, would love to see Zac and Vanessa do a dramatic Love Story. I think their infectious chemistry would appeal to a wide audience . Hopefully they will get that chance someday.

  • http://justjared birdie

    First I hope he’s feeling better. Great career move. It’s a good book
    and I think Zac will be great as Richard , it will definately show a
    different more diverse side to what we are used to. Congrats!

  • Cami

    love him soo muchh
    i can’t wait to see this film

  • bethany

    the movie doesnt sound that good
    but it haaaaaasssss to be if zacs in it!
    i love him :):) hope hes feeling better xxxx

  • Alduu

    YEAAAAH, I LOVE U ZAC,
    WELL DONE

  • kelmarie!

    oh dont hate on zac guys
    hes an amazing talent and we all know that
    i love that kid and im glad he got sucha great part!
    i hope hes feeling better now
    -loves zac forever
    :]

  • emma

    Hope he is feeling better these days.

    It is also good to hear that he will be getting away from the HSM frenzy and expanding his career in other types of films. Through Disney he became recognized, but if he is going to be accepted as a truly adult actor he needs these other gigs.

    Good Luck to Zac. He seems like a fine young man who wants to be seen as more then just a pretty face.

  • zanessa so cute!

    I agree with zanessa 4 ever
    Zac and Vanessa should do other movies together
    Not just HSM
    XoXo

  • *delicioso*

    sexual assignment surgery. he sure needs it!

  • kendra

    Great news for Zac! So excited for him.

  • may

    cindy @ 01/18/2008 at 12:33 pm
    _____________________________

    Another movie together sounds like a good idea but maybe wait a year or two. Maybe a storyline similar to the movie “Love Story” or “Sleepless in Seattle” or even ” Love Affair” or even ” Against All Odds”

  • Kourtney

    sweeet! it will be interesting to see him be in a movie that is supposed to be from the 1930s.
    hes not going to have any down time for a while though. but this is what he loves to do!

    anyone watching the disney channel and watching the high school musical songs in other languages? pretty hilarious..

  • mai

    thats great news……well done zac…….
    we will wait……….take care

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qODalDus9r4 erica

    cindy –

    I agree with everything you said, it would be great to see Zac and Vanessa do another movie together, one that wasn’t a musical. I’m thinking some great love story in the same lines as Titanic or something, maybe a WW1 or 2 drama, wow, I can imagine Zac in a uniform. Ok, now I’m getting carried away, this is great news, I’m really looking forward to see this movie.

  • cindy

    Erica,

    I was thinking the same thing earlier about Zac and Vanessa in a Titanic or something similar type film or a military type film like Purple Hearts or Officer and a Gentleman . Zac would be awesome in a uniform. I’d love to see him with a crew cut too. I’m biased though cuz my husband is in the Army and I love military guys.

  • http://www.ashley-tisdale.nl Rachel
  • KAitlin

    Im so proud of him. He really deserves this. Can’t wait when he starts filming.

  • http://www.-x-jo-ere-chillin-07-x-.piczo.com jo

    i hope hes better now!!!!!
    please say he is im kinda worried lol
    anyway wow thats about 4 or 5 films hes in just this year wow
    everyone wants him hes so popular now!!
    =]

  • kendra

    The description of the book “Me and Orson Welles” from Publisher’s Weekly: (Zac’s character’s going to have MORE THAN ONE love interest! – wonder who’ll be cast as the females? – who would you like to see?)

    “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.” Thus does the precocious protagonist of Kaplow’s first adult novel summarize his adventures as a bit-part player in the landmark 1937 Mercury Theater production of Julius Caesar that helped catapult the 22-year-old Welles to the top of the entertainment world. Kaplow wastes no time setting up his unlikely scenario; after an impromptu sidewalk audition, Richard Samuels, a New Jersey high school student, lands the part of Lucius, a minor character. The conceit forms a nice counterpoint to the coming-of-age material, as Kaplow alternates scenes about Samuels’s high school and home life with a series of rehearsal passages that bring the brilliant but mercurial Welles to life. Samuels falls in love more than once: first with fellow high school actress Caroline, then with a lovely, flighty production assistant named Sonja who is also involved with Welles, and finally with Gretta, an aspiring writer. The climax features a colorful showdown between Samuels and Welles after the boy confronts the married Welles about his affair with Sonja.

  • Steph

    Awesome!!!!!! He’s so talented, I’m so proud of him. This sounds like a great and challenging role to play… way to book it Zac!!!! : ) :)

  • Helena

    That’s a good film ruined. Shame.