From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like one of the most fun events in Los Angeles is filmmaker Jason Reitman’s semi-regular Live Read series. The series — where Reitman’s large stable of actor friends take on various roles from classic Hollywood movies — gives audiences a chance to hear old favorites in a slightly new way, often mixing together original cast members with new faces and genderswapping key roles to a surprisingly poignant effect. Past highlights have included the original cast of True Romance reuniting for a Live Read and the first public performance of Quentin Tarantino’s in-progress The Hateful Eight screenplay.
It was reported last month that Charlize Theron was eyeing a potential reunion with the Young Adult team of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for another project. Although the prospect was incredibly exciting, nothing had yet been confirmed until today, and we have some new details about the upcoming comedy as Theron has officially signed on for the film.
Please cancel the rest of Monday because movie news will not get better than this. Young Adult was Jason Reitman’s last great film, and arguably his best film, period. Just as Young Adult’s Mavis returned home to reunite with her ex-boyfriend in an attempt to recreate her “best self,” so will Reitman reunite with Charlize Theron and screenwriter Diablo Cody in an attempt to recapture his best work.
Jason Reitman’s last couple of movies haven’t exactly impressed critics or audiences, so maybe a little change of scenery is a good thing. Reitman’s next project will be very different from his previous dramedies, moving the director into the realm of family-friendly animation for a story about an imaginary friend who isn’t really imaginary. Charming!
For those unfamiliar, director Jason Reitman puts on live reads of famous movie scripts, re-casting the roles with different actors, which often leads to interesting versions of familiar characters and stories. And while he typically sticks to films that are more character-driven and dialogue-oriented, Reitman’s next live read event has to do with something a bit more topical in pop culture: a live read of ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,’ which has just revealed several of its first cast members.