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High-school student Richard (Zac Efron) dreams of a life on the stage, so he takes trips into Manhattan and, on one of these occasions -- thanks to his drum- and ukulele-playing skills -- manages to BS his way into the cast of Orson Welles' (Christian McKay) newest production. The impressionable kid immediately gets swept up into this exciting new world. As he learns from his brilliant, mercurial new mentor, Richard attempts to win the affections of Sonja Jones (Claire Danes), an ambitious secretary at the theater who has designs on meeting David O. Selznick. Young Richard also befriends fellow actors Joseph Cotten (James Tupper) and Norman Lloyd (Leo Bill), leading to a wager among the trio of men over who will be the first of the three to seduce the heretofore unattainable Sonja. What Richard doesn't expect is that he will have to compete not with them, but with Welles himself for her attention. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:November 25, 2009


Awarded by
Austin Film Critics Christian McKay Breakthrough Artist 2009 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Christian McKay Best Supporting Actor 2009 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Christian McKay Best Supporting Male 2009 Nominee


Zac Efron
as Richad Samuels (Lucius)
Claire Danes
as Sonja Jones
Christian McKay
as Orson Welles (Brutus)
Zoe Kazan
as Gretta Adler
James Tupper
as Joseph Cotten (Publius)
Leo Bill
as Norman Lloyd (Cinna the Poet)
Eddie Marsan
as John Houseman
Ben Chaplin
as George Coulouris (Mark Antony)
Al Weaver
as Sam Leve
Kelly Reilly
as Mureil Brassler (Portia)
Iain McKee
as Vakhtangov
Imogen Poots
as Lorelei Lathrop
Aidan McArdle
as Martin Gabel (Cassius)
Simon Nehan
as Joe Holland (Julius Caesar)
Patrick Kennedy
as Grover Burgess (Ligarius)
Janie Dee
as Mrs. Samuels
Marlene Sidaway
as Grandmother Samuels
Garick Hagon
as Dr. Mewling
Aaron Brown
as Longchamps Kid #1
Travis Oliver
as John Hoyt (Decius)
Nathan Osgood
as Radio Announcer
Robert Wilfort
as Radio Director
Michael Brandon
as Les Tremayne
Saskia Reeves
as Barbara Luddy
Thomas Arnold
as George Duthie (Artemidorus)
Jo McInnes
as Jeannie Rosenthal
Daniel Tuite
as William Mowry (Flavius)
Eddi Reader
as Singer
Jools Holland
as Band Leader


Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
Ann Carli
Marc Samuelson
Robert Kaplow
Book Author
Vince Palmo
Holly Gent Palmo
Dick Pope
Marc Marot
Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael McEvoy
Composer (Music Score)
Sandra Adair
Laurence Dorman
Production Designer
Stuart Rose
Art Director
David Doran
Art Director
Bill Crutcher
Supervising Art Director
Vince Palmo
Holly Gent Palmo
Andrew Fingret
Jessica Parker
Associate Producer
Sara Greene
Associate Producer
Steve Christian
Executive Producer
Steve Norris
Executive Producer
John Sloss
Executive Producer
Bruce Lunsford
Executive Producer
Ed Hart
Executive Producer
Richard Roberts
Set Decorator
Nic Ede
Costume Designer
Matthew Penry-Davey
First Assistant Director
Colin Nicolson
Sound Mixer
Fae Hammond
Hair Styles
Fae Hammond
Linda Gregory
Production Accountant
Steve Single
Re-Recording Mixer
Richard Hewitt
Line Producer
Tim Cavagin
Re-Recording Mixer
Rob Duncan
Visual Effects Supervisor
Miranda Jones
Post Production Supervisor
Jane Soans
Location Manager
Lucy Bevan
Casting Director