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James Van Der Beek in Talks to Join Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

James Van Der Beek
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If you listen very closely you can hear the dulcet tones of Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Wanna Wait” rising in the distance… That’s because we have news about James Van Der Beek. Dawson (he of the Creek) himself is in talks to join Jason Reitman‘s (‘Up in the Air’) latest film, ‘Labor Day.’ THR reports that Van Der Beek is in negotiations to take a small part as a police officer investigating a missing persons case. ‘Labor Day’ co-stars Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, the latter of which plays a reclusive divorcee and mother who gives an escaped convict a ride on — wait for it — Labor Day weekend. The convict and the woman’s son form a bond as the man teaches the boy lessons about life, and also maybe the going exchange rate for cigarettes and snack cakes in prison and how to make toilet wine using only discarded fruit cups and a bottle of Listerine.

Van Der Beek and Reitman previously worked together on a live reading of ‘The Breakfast Club’ last year at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He can currently be seen playing himself opposite Krysten Ritter on the new sitcom ‘Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23′ on ABC. But most of us remember him best as the lovable wannabe director and Steven Spielberg fanatic Dawson Leery from ‘Dawson’s Creek.’

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