Jason Reitman has proven to be something of a career-maker for relatively unknown young stars, raising the profiles of Ellen Page, Anna Kendrick and Patton Oswalt with his three most recent movies, so newcomers Tom Lipinski and Maika Monroe should be quite excited as Variety reports the writer-director has chosen them to star in his next film, “Labor Day.”
The two will join Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet in the drama based on the novel by Joyce Maynard. Brolin stars as Frank Chambers, an escaped convict who seeks shelter with Winslet’s Adele, a divorced mother with an introverted teenage son. While the novel centers around the young teenager, there’s no word yet if that remains the case with the film or who might play him. In flashbacks, Lipinski will play the younger version of Frank while Monroe will play Mandy, his farmgirl girlfriend whom he eventually marries and has a child with before heading off to the Vietnam War. Reitman adapted the novel himself and will direct.
Lipinski, bearing a striking resemblance to Brolin, has been making the TV guest-starring rounds since 2010, appearing on shows including “Suits”, “Law & Order” and “Pan Am.” “Labor Day” will mark his feature film debut. Monroe is currently filming Sofia Coppola’s “Bling Ring” and will next appear opposite Zac Efron in Ramin Bahrani’s untitled family drama.