Trailer For Richard Linklater’s ‘Me and Orson Welles’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 7:06 am,

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I have a love/hate relationship with the work of director Richard Linklater. His Slacker and Dazed and Confused films were great, and School of Rock was fun. But the romantic borefests Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, like the animated Waking Life, put me to sleep.

So, I’m not sure what to expect with his upcoming feature, Me and Orson Welles. The new trailer Linklater’s latest work recently debuted and you can watch here, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.

On the one hand you have the character of Orson Welles (played by Christian McKay), one of Hollywood’s most famous personalities. Though Welles’ Citizen Kane tops the American Film Institute’s “100 Years…100 Movies” list, he is perhaps better known for his fall from hotshot celebrity director to desperation. At the end of his life, he was so hard-up for money that he wouldn’t say no to any job. One of his last roles was voicing the planet-eater Unicron in the animated The Transformers: The Movie.

And on the other hand you have Zac Efron. That’s right–teen idol, perfect skin, dreamy smile, singing and dancing Zac Efron. Just yesterday I saw him smiling at me from some little kid’s backpack. Him and Orson Welles?  It’s a bizarre match.

Efron plays a young actor named Richard who lands a part in Welles’ historic 1937 staging of Julius Caesar. This was Welles at his most audacious and cocksure. Though the vogue at the time was for straightforward, men-in-tights style Shakespeare, Welles set the play in fascist Italy rather than ancient Rome.  That decision resulted with a huge success, cementing the director’s brilliant reputation and paving the way for Kane.

Here’s the trailer:

Welles is played by relative new comer Christian McKay. McKay doesn’t quite nail Welles’ bass voice, which millions of Americans heard every week on the radio as The Shadow. But he does hit the director’s dramatic style of speaking, with over enunciated consonants and British pronunciations, right on the head.  On his performance alone, my curiosity’s peaked.

And then there’s Efron. It’s hard not to look at him and think of the very image he’s surely trying to shake by taking a role in a period piece like Me and Orson Welles. How many of Efron’s preteen fans will even know who Welles is?

The trailer looks like a coming of age story for Efron’s character, which certainly has some resonance for Efron himself. Will Me and Orson Welles prove he has what it takes to be romantic lead in a serious drama?  I guess only time can tell. In the meantime, check out the trailer and let us know what you think.

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  1. I’ll take another Before Sunrise/Sunset any day and twice on Sunday.

    I see your point though. Films like that and A Scanner Darkly just required a lot of patience. And if anything I appreciate the novelty of that style.

    In any case I am curious for this no matter the direction it takes. Cool post.

  2. Who knew Zach Efron could do movies where he doesn’t play the cute teen boy? lol

  3. Sorry… ZAC

  4. McKay’s Orsen Welles is just not quite there, but really really good.

  5. @Brian,

    Before Sunrise/Sunset were “borefests”?! Really?! They’re a couple of my favorites: such sublime films that are about nothing else but a couple of people talking. I could listen to Ethan Hawke and Juliey Delpy’s character talk like that for hours and hours.

    Waking Life is fantastic, too.

    Sorry, was just a bit taken aback when I read what you thought of them :P

  6. Weird to think that Welles was only 23 at this point. McKay’s a decade too old (and then some), but it seems like a good performance. It’s a tough one to get right: Vincent D’Onofrio actually looked younger than he was supposed to be as Welles in his cameo for Ed Wood, and his voice had to be dubbed as well.

  7. I’m not quite sure what to say for the trailer. I think McKay does it for me as Welles. But as for Zac…I’m not so sure about that. The movie looks interesting. I’ve read the book and its a good read. The book (of the same title) was written by Robert Kaplow, who so happens to be my english teach. Brilliant man and a great story teller. I’ll see the movie mainly because i know the man, but if that wasn’t the case i most likely wouldn’t see it.

  8. I have always been a Welles fan so, I will certainly see this film!