Festival slates reading of Taylor-Payne script

Frank Langella will pick up an acting award at the 17th annual Nantucket Film Festival, which also has skedded a staged reading of the latest script by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne, “The Lost Cause.”

Langella stars in the festival’s spotlight film, “Robot and Frank,” and also participates in a Chris Matthews-moderated conversation for the festival’s series of live dialogues, “In Their Shoes ….” Up for a Tony for his perf in “Man and Boy,” Langella scores the Compass Rose for his contributions to the world of acting.

The reading of the script by Taylor and Payne is skedded as the latest in a program called NFF Staged Readings. Casting remains to be set.

Reading is part of the fest’s push to bolster screenings with a roster of related live events. Also on tap this year is a radio comedy event hosted by NPR’s Tom Bodett, a latenight storytelling showcase hosted by Mike O’Malley (“Glee”) and a comedy roundtable presented by Ben Stiller.

Festival organizers have named the jury in their annual screenplay competish, tapping critic Ty Burr, producer Gill Holland and Torino Film Lab director Savina Neirotti to judge the entries.

Nantucket runs June 20-24, with Nancy Meyers previously announced to receive the annual screenwriters tribute.

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