This time, Reitman will put on a live reading of Sam Mendes' 2000 Academy Award-winning Best Picture feature, "American Beauty" (the picture won five nominations in total that year and was nominated for eight awards). Already featuring appearances by Sarah Gadon ("Cosmopolis") and Adam Driver ("Girls") ,earlier today half the cast was revealed, including Mae Whitman as Thora Birch's character and comedian Nick Kroll ("Community") playing Peter Gallagher's part.
Entertainment Weekly has finally revealed the big coup of three more key parts from the original movie. Bryan Cranston as Lester Burnham (originally played by Kevin Spacey in a Best Actor-winning role), Christina Hendricks in the role of his wife Carolyn Bumham (played originally by Annette Bening) and Woody Harrelson reenacting the role of Col. Frank Fitts (Chris Cooper in Mendes' film).
It's a outstanding choice of actors, but personally, this writer doesn't think "American Beauty" holds up. It probably doesn't help that the "plastic bag" sequence in the film has been mocked ad nauseum, but it's possible I'm in the minority. Your thoughts on the film? Reitman's latest live read takes place on Thursday, September 5th at 6 p.m. in Toronto.