"Me and Orson Welles" is a period-comedy film based on the book of the same name by Robert Kaplow. It is about how a teenage boy gets the lead role in the play Julius Cesar. The play is Broadway's first Shakespearean production to be performed at the Mercury Theater. The film stars Zac Efron (Richard Samuels), Christian McKay (Orson Welles), Claire Danes (Sonja Jones), Ben Chaplin (George Coulouris), James Tupper (Joseph Cotten), Eddie Marsan (John Houseman) and Leo Bill (Norman Lloyd). The film was written by Holly Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. The film was directed by Richard Linklater. The film was produced by Madman Entertainment, and distributed by Freestyle Releasing and Warner Bros. The running time of the film is 113 minutes long. The budget for the movie was $25million and it grossed $2,325,045 while at the box office. The film first released in November 25, 2009.