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Jason Reitman Staging Live Reading 'Glengarry Glen Ross' With All-Female Cast Including Robin Wright, Allison Janney & More

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 15, 2013 10:01 AM
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Robin Wright Allison Janney Catherine O'Hara Maria Bello Mae Whitman

One of the more interesting side gigs among filmmakers these days is Jason Reitman's occassional live readings of famous scripts. The format is pretty straightforward: he picks a script he likes, rounds up a bunch of starry friends and then hosts a live performance with the cast embodying the various roles, and reading it live on stage. “The Breakfast Club,” “Shampoo,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “The Princess Bride,” “The Big Lebowski,” "The Apartment" and "American Beauty" have all been given new interpretations, but his latest choice might be his most intriguing yet.

Reitman will now tackle "Glengarry Glen Ross" -- the twist? He's lining up an all-female cast to voice the testosterone dripping script. It's a pretty ingenious approach, and one that will add an interesting texture to a play/movie that has long been known for its meaty male roles, something solidified by James Foley's 1992 film. Here's who will be taking it on via EW:  

Robin Wright – hotshot sales agent Ricky Roma, originated by Al Pacino
Catherine O’Hara — desperate Shelley Levene, originated by Jack Lemmon
Maria Bello — Dave Moss, the tough-talking underperformer played by Ed Harris
Allison Janney — aging, weak-willed George Aaronow, originated by Alan Arkin
Mae Whitman — office manager John Williamson, played by Kevin Spacey

Pretty awesome all around, we have to say and we're particularly intrigued by the casting of Whitman as John Williamson. Of course, the big part left to fill is Blake, played by Alec Baldwin, a character that was not in the original play, was created for the movie, and has since gone on to be come legend. We would kind of love to see Parker Posey try that role on, but who do you think could do it justice? Let us know below.

The live read of "Glengarry Glen Ross" will take place on February 21st at Film Independent at LACMA.

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7 Comments

  • phil | February 15, 2013 5:23 PMReply

    Recently, I saw Jason Reitman's brilliant live reading of " His Girl Friday " ( at the LACMA) , with Fred Savage as the director. It starred Jason Bateman ( Cary Grant's role) , Anne Hathaway ( Rosalind Russell's role ) , Adam Scott ( Ralph Bellamy's role ), Mae Whitman , Fred Willard, and Nick Kroll, etc... It was all very entertaining, it was fun watching these talented actors bring these characters to life on the stage. I just loved the great chemistry and winning performances of Bateman, Hathaway, and Scott. Also, they handled the tough dialogue with aplomb, and these three stars had very good comedic timing. It would be wise for someone to get these gifted actors to star in a well-written, sophisticated, rom-com ( or romantic dramedy) movie - because they were such a blast to watch.

  • Travis | February 15, 2013 2:34 PMReply

    One of my friends suggested Kim Basinger.

  • Maurey | February 15, 2013 11:43 AMReply

    Tina Fey, of course!

  • Gian | February 15, 2013 10:43 AMReply

    Gina Gershon.

    Wow, I would love to be there. Not to mention watching the under-appreciated Catherine O'Hara tackle Lemmon. All the other (excellent) casting I'm trying to imagine but I can clearly visualize O'Hara in that role.

  • J Catt | February 15, 2013 10:28 AMReply

    FRANCES MCDORMAND
    MARISA TOMEI
    MILA KUNIS
    EMILY BLUNT
    JENNIFER CONNELLY

  • Alan B | February 15, 2013 7:32 PM

    Oh, Frances McDormand should play the Baldwin role. She can throw off one-liners without self-consciousness, and she has the presence to intimidate the other characters.

  • J Catt | February 15, 2013 10:24 AMReply

    VIOLA DAVIS or GLENN CLOSE

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