How do actors create characters? Director Jason Reitman probes the question each year with his Film Independent at LACMA Live Read series. He will kick off the Fall season with a staging of “American Beauty.” The iconic Oscar-winning screenplay from writer Alan Ball will be performed on Thursday, October 16, with a yet-to-be-announced set of actors.
It’s a hot ticket, and likely to sell out immediately. Film Independent staged a reading of “American Beauty” back at 2012’s TIFF, with Bryan Cranston in the role of Lester Burnham (originally Kevin Spacey), Christina Hendricks as his pent-up wife Carolyn (Annette Bening), Mae Whitman as willful daughter Jane (Thora Birch) and Adam Driver as creepy-sensitive neighbor Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley). Who will it be this year?
Check out new poster art Little Rock-based artist Matt Owen, below. Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women and Children” just played TIFF and opens limited on October 17.
Meanwhile, brush up on your Live Read trivia with Film Independent’s neat quiz here.
This should, indeed, be spectacular.