Jason Reitman’s live read series is about to launch with the cast of his recent drama and a ’90s Oscar winner.
Reitman, who hosts a live read series every year in which actors perform classic scripts, has set his “Men, Women & Children” cast to perform the “American Beauty” screenplay for one night only. The performance will take place Oct. 16 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Adam Sandler will play Lester Burham, which nabbed Kevin Spacey an Oscar, and Rosemarie DeWitt will play Carolyn, originally portrayed by Annette Bening. Kaitlyn Dever has been cast as the couple’s daughter Jane (played in the film by Thora Birch), Olivia Crocicchia will play Jane’s friend Angela (played in the film by Mena Suvari) and Travis Tope will take Wes Bentley’s role as Ricky.
“I had a such a great experience working with the cast that I was looking for any excuse to get them all together again,” Reitman told Entertainment Weekly, which first broke the news of the casting. “It occurred to me while I was trying to figure out who to put into the ‘American Beauty’ read that the casts kind of lined up nicely.”
“American Beauty” won five Oscars, including best picture and best original screenplay for Alan Bell’s script, and pulled in $356 million worldwide after it was released in 1999.
This marks Reitman’s fourth year hosting the live reads. Next up is “Diner” in November, with “The Empire Strikes Back” as the pick for December. Ticket information can be found here.