U.S. release planned for Linklater's "Orson Welles"

Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:19am EDT
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles," which premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, will be released theatrically in the U.S. on November 25.

A coming-of-age drama that involves the legendary director's 1937 staging of "Julius Caesar," the film stars Zac Efron and Claire Danes and introduces Christian McKay as the young Orson Welles.

U.K. producer and financier Cinemanx has struck distribution deals with Freestyle Releasing, which will secure theaters, and Warner Bros. Home Video, which will handle the DVD release, and a number of other deals for publicity, sales and advertising.

<p>U.S. Director Richard Linklater (L) and British actor Christian McKay pose during a photocall for the film "Me and Orson Welles" at the 35th Deauville American film festival in Deauville September 6, 2009. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol</p>