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EW Staff
January 23, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

(FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) ? Zac Efron has signed on to star in Me and Orson Welles, a Richard Linklater (Fast Food Nation, Waking Life)-directed adaptation of Robert Kaplow’s coming-of-age novel. The story, set in 1937, focuses on a high school student (Efron) who is noticed by Orson Welles while wandering the streets of New York. He lands a bit part in Julius Caesar, the project that launched Welles, and spends the next week learning about life and love. Newbie Christian McKay has been cast as Welles. Efron will begin work on Welles in February, once he wraps shooting on the New Line comedy Seventeen, which also features Matthew Perry, before moving on to High School Musical 3 this April. Efron is currently recovering from an appendectomy. (Hollywood Reporter)

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