James Van Der Beek & Gattlin Griffith Joining Reitman's 'Labor Day'
Following his award winning work on Up in the Air, filmmaker Jason Reitman was set to move on to two other projects lined up next. One of them was Young Adult, with Charlize Theron released last fall, the other is Labor Day, adapted by Reitman from Joyce Maynard's novel, which it sounds like is finally going into production. THR has a couple of casting updates, one for the child actor lead, the other playing a cop. First, James Van Der Beek, last seen in The Big Bang and "Apartment 23", is joining, along with 13-year-old actor Gattlin Griffith, who played the boy in Eastwood's Changeling, and young Hal in Green Lantern.
Reitman's Labor Day centers on the boy and his reclusive, depressed divorced mother Adele, being played by Kate Winslet, cast in this last June, along with Josh Brolin. He plays an escaped convict who she offers a ride in her car. THR's description says "as their relationship evolves, the action is seen through the eyes of Winslet's child." But IMDB adds, "as police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited." Sounds very interesting, I'm curious, I love Reitman's films and I want to see what he's up to with this. Reitman recently worked with James Van Der Beek, as he was Andrew Clark in his LACMA live stage read of The Breakfast Club last year.
As for the young Gattlin Griffith (what a name), THR states that he "toiled for months to find the right child for the role," but "Reitman is said to have decided on Griffith but a deal has not closed." At least Van Der Beek is "in negotiations" to play one of the police officers in the film. So it sounds like casting is coming together and things might finally be getting underway on this. We'll keep an eye on developments as always.