With just under a week until the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival kicks off and all of the premieres and screening in place, another very special and high-profile event has just been announced: that of Jason Reitman’s Live Read. After dazzling audiences at the festival last year with a live reading of “American Beauty,” it has just been announced that “Boogie Nights” will be the subject of this year’s installment.
The live reads were originally created by the director in collaboration with Elvis Mitchell with the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts in 2011. With no rehearsal, actors come together to perform a one-take run-through of a script, with Reitman providing stage direction. And Reitman has been able to assemble an incredibly impressive roster of people to partake, as last year’s reading of “American Beauty” at TIFF featured Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Adam Driver.
“‘Boogie Nights’ was one of the most buzzed about films when it premiered at the Festival in 1997. When Jason Reitman brought the Live Read of ‘American Beauty’ to Toronto in 2012, there was excitement in the air — audiences knew they were participating in something special,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival. “Revisiting Anderson’s script in this creative setting with a stellar cast of actors is a kind of movie magic.”
The “Boogie Nights” live read will be held at the Ryerson Theater on September 6 at 6pm, and you can get tickets here. Jason Reitman will be revealing the actors taking part on his Twitter account in the days leading up to the event.