Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for writer/director Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day. Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, the film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a fugitive (Josh Brolin) who takes a 13-year-old boy (Gattlin Griffith) and his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) hostage, but the relationship between the three becomes more complicated in the following days. The trailer does a good job of selling the dreamy, idyllic quality while maintaining the undercurrent of danger running throughout the story. I thought the movie was great when I saw it at TIFF earlier this year, but I’m eager to see if it holds up on a second viewing.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars J.K. Simmons, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, and Tobey Maguire. Labor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st. [Update: Paramount has released a second trailer, which we've added after the jump. However, I strongly recommend not watching it because it gives away a lot of the film.]
Earlier this year, Deadspin writer Barry Petchesky reported on the uplifting story of Braves catcher Evan Gattis, and said, “It probably won’t last. It’s too beautiful.” That line has stuck with me all summer. Beautiful things are temporary, but pain seemingly lasts forever. The worst memories are at best an ugly scar and usually an open wound that stings every time you touch it or even look at it. Jason Reitman’s earnest, moving drama Labor Day examines the desperation to heal and how fate can conspire to tear away what’s beautiful. It’s a snapshot of total happiness with storm clouds on the horizon. Labor Day is Reitman’s most mature film to date, and it powerfully shows how the most modest of hopes can be the ones that almost break us completely.
It may only be August, but studios are already starting to make moves with regards to their awards fare. Today, the first official image from Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air writer/director Jason Reitman’s upcoming drama Labor Day has been released. Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, the film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother to take in a drifter, who turns out to be an escaped convict on the run. Kate Winslet plays the mother and Josh Brolin plays the convict, and Labor Day sees Reitman navigating decidedly different territory as he weaves the character drama with shades of a thriller. The film also involves flashback and flashforwards, with Tobey Maguire playing the grown-up version of the young boy. Given its pedigree, the pic is sure to be a contender in this year’s awards race.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Gattlin Griffith, J.K. Simmons, Clark Gregg, and James Van Der Beek. Labor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st.
Director Jason Reitman has commenced production on his next feature, the drama Labor Day. The film is based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name and centers on a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother to take in a drifter over Labor Day weekend. It’s later revealed that the man is an escaped convict and the three spend a weekend together that will “shape them for the rest of their lives.” Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star as the two leads, and Reitman felt so strongly about his cast that he pushed the production schedule back a year until both Winslet and Brolin were free.
Reitman wrote the screenplay himself and is directing Labor Day as his follow-up to last year’s Young Adult. As a big fan of Reitman’s past work (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air), I’m eager to see him tackle this weighty dramatic material. Clark Gregg and James Van Der Beek also star in the film. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the updated synopsis.
Coming off of last year’s excellent (and sadly underseen) Young Adult, director Jason Reitman is gearing up to begin production on his next project, Labor Day, this summer. Reitman scripted the adaptation of Joyce Manard’s novel himself, and Kate Winselt stars as a lonely mother whose 13-year-old son convinces her to take in a drifter (Josh Brolin) who turns out to be an escaped convict. The three spend Labor Day Weekend together and, obviously, bond. THR now reports that James Van Der Beek has joined the cast as a police officer investigating a missing person’s case ($10 says he shows up on Winslet’s doorstep at some point in the film).
Additionally, a separate report from THR reveals that, following an extensive search, Reitman has settled on Gattlin Griffith (Changeling) to play Winslet’s son in the film. The deal isn’t closed, but the actor has entered negotiations. The role is crucial as the story is told from the boy’s point of view. I’m a big fan of Reitman so I’m eager to check this one out. The director will have waited nearly a year to start production so that Winslet and Brolin’s schedules could free up, so clearly he’s passionate about what he’s put together. [Update: Feeling left out by the Labor Day casting party, Variety now adds that Brighid Fleming has landed the young female lead in the film, a character who acts as the object of Griffith's affection.]