Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Zac Efron, Ben Chaplin, Claire Danes, Christian McKay
Efron steps from the froth of ‘High School Musical’ success to try his hand at serious acting and, we assume, to move his career along … he succeeds in so far as turning in a solid performance while retaining strong elements of his HSM character … eager, slick teen making it happen.
He plays Richard Samuels, a young actor looking for the big breakthrough who discovers Welles and his famous Broadway Mercury Theatre in the pre-Kane era.
He’s hired by Welles and learns all about the great man, and falls for theatre worker Danes.
It’s a slight effort but with a terrific portrayal of Welles by McKay and a promising career development for young Zac it has its moments.
Star Rating: 3/5