indieWIRE reported on some big TIFF announcements this morning, including many an exciting premiere. Work from Steven Soderbergh, Charlie Kaufman, Rian Johnson, Danny Boyle, Darren Aronofsky, Kevin Smith, Guillermo Arriaga, Claire Denis and Michael Winterbottom are among the titles.
But in what I’m sure will develop into the gossip story of the festival, TIFF also announced Richard Linklater‘s “Me and Orson Welles.” Also known as Zac Efron‘s attempt at film world respectability. Care of TIFF’s press release, “Welles” is about “seventeen-year-old Richard Samuels (Efron), who spends his days dreaming of the bright lights of Broadway. He gets his big break when he happens upon Orson Welles and his fledgling Mercury Theatre company. Richard impresses Welles with an impromptu audition and lands a bit part in the Mercury’s forthcoming run of Julius Caesar. With Welles’s womanizing taking priority over rehearsals, chaos and calamity mark the production from the start. Before long, opening night has arrived and Richard will discover the terrible secrets of show business.”
I rarely dislike me a Linklater film. I even enjoyed The School of Rock and The Bad News Bears quite thoroughly. So I’m actually kind of excited for “Welles.” And it also stars Claire Danes, who I really want to enjoy again after a 1994-2000 near-obsession and subsequent wondering if she’d ever come close to the Angela Chase arena of acting again.
Obviously, though, Zefron’s presence at TIFF will be oft-discussed in all lower brow coverage of the fest (I can already imagine CTV’s E Talk Daily cringe master Ben Mulroney announcing the news tonight).. And since this blog might honestly not be much better, I’ll admit the news made smile a little too widely.