Jason Reitman - the Oscar nominated Canadian director - has been generating quite the buzz in and around Hollywood for his live-read performances of classic movies. It all started last October with The Breakfast Club and he has since reimagined the likes of Reservoir Dogs, The Princess Bride and The Big Lebowski. Some of the stars that have taken part include Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Paul Rudd, Mindy Kaling, Laurence Fishburne and Seth Rogen.
"Where I can I see them?!" I hear you cry... well, you can't, I'm afraid. They happen only once, and only the members of the audience get to witness the magic.
But now, Reitman and friends are bringing the Live Read to Toronto. To TIFF, to be precise - tomorrow (September 6) at the Ryerson Theatre. And who will be joining the long list of stars that have taken part? Well, our very own George Stroumboulopoulos, among others. Centring on Lester Burnham's mid-life crisis of mega proportions, they'll be reimagining the Oscar winning American Beauty. Alongside Strombo you can expect to see Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Gadon and Paul Scheer, who's stepping in for Woody Harrelson who, unfortunately, had to drop out.
Tickets? They're available at TIFF.net... but get there quick. They're guaranteed to be in very high demand.
Check out the full cast - as announced by Reitman on Twitter - below:
Sarah Gadon in the role of Angela originated by Mena Suvari. American Beauty Live Read #TIFF12-- Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) September 4, 2012
Nick Kroll in the role of Buddy originated by Peter Gallagher. American Beauty Live Read #TIFF12-- Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) September 4, 2012
Mae Whitman in the role of Jane originated by Thora Birch. American Beauty Live Read #TIFF12-- Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) September 4, 2012
Woody Harrelson in the role of Col Frank Fitts originated by Chris Cooper. American Beauty Live Read #TIFF12-- Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) September 5, 2012
TIFF Live Read: Harrelson is apparently stuck in Hawaii (cough), thank you @paulscheer for stepping in!-- Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) September 6, 2012
And finally, Reitman has revealed that Bryan Cranston will take on the role of Lester Burnham (originated by Kevin Spacey), while Christina Hendricks will play his wife, Carolyn (originated by Annette Benning).