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Jason Reitman Hosting Live Reading Of 'American Beauty' AT TIFF, Adam Driver & Sarah Gadon To Participate

by Cain Rodriguez
September 4, 2012 10:38 AM
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It’s been thirteen years since the release of Sam MendesAcademy Award-winning directorial debut, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival following its Hollywood premiere. And now “Juno” and “Up in the Air” helmer Jason Reitman will host a live reading of Alan Ball’s screenplay this Thursday at the festival.

Reitman has been putting together "Live Read" events for the past little while, gathering together various actors to take a run at classic screenplays in front of a live audience. The twist is that there are no rehearsals beforehand, so it provides a great opportunity to see stories and characters take shape and watch how actors play and react off each other in real time. We caught the Reitman organized reading of "The Apartment" in New York City earlier this year, and it was certainly a night to remember.

Right now, the only confirmed names to be part of Reitman’s reading are Adam Driver, who is best known as Hannah’s on-again, off-again boyfriend in the divisive HBO show “Girls,” and "Cosmopolis" star Sarah Gadon. Driver will be taking over the role of Ricky Fitts, who was played by Wes Bentley in the film, with Gadon slotting in for Mena Suvari's character, Angela. Over the next day or so Reitman will be announcing more of his all-star lineup of who will be tackling "American Beauty" via Twitter and we’ll keep you updated as more casting news hits. Check out the cool teaser poster below.

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  • Travis | September 4, 2012 3:25 PMReply

    May I suggest Kristen Wiig for Annette Bening's role? And Mae Whitman is playing Jane. Now that is called good casting

  • John | September 4, 2012 12:23 PMReply

    I'll be at TIFF. How does one get to see this reading or is it an in-crowd only type of "event"?

  • john | September 4, 2012 12:29 PM

    scratch that. those at the fest on opening day (9/6) can get tickets now on the TIFF website. it's listed as "Jason Reitman's Live Read...."

  • BEF | September 4, 2012 12:12 PMReply

    Gadon and Driver are two great young talents, but I've only seen the both as one type of character: this sounds fun. I wonder who'll be Lester?

  • Oogle monster | September 4, 2012 10:50 AMReply

    As cool as this may be, I'd rather see a teaser to LABOR DAY.

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