Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin to join Jason Reitman's drama 'Labor Day' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin have committed to star as a lost, lonesome mother and an escaped convicted murderer who takes refuge with her and her young son in Jason Reitman’s adaptation of Labor Day, EW has learned.

The drama, which is part love story, part coming-of-age tale, and part thriller, has been adapted from the 2009 novel by Joyce Maynard by Reitman. The movie will shoot in 2012 in New England.

The same year Maynard’s novel was released, the Thank You For Smoking and Juno director earned Oscar nominations for directing, producing and adapting the screenplay for Best Picture contender Up in the Air. The year before, Winslet earned a Best Actress Oscar for The Reader (after five previous nominations) while Brolin was a Best Supporting Actor contender for Milk.

This is the first time the trio is working together. Set in the early ’80s over the late summer holiday weekend, Labor Day opens with divorced, depressed single mom Adele clothes shopping with her 13-year-old son, Henry. They encounter a large, fearsome man — who also happens to be bleeding badly. He asks for a ride, and against all judgment, they give him one.

Are they hostages, accomplices… or just deluded? As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story and their options become more and more limited.

Reitman will produce the movie with partner Helen Estabrook of Right of Way films, along with Russ Smith and Lianne Halfon of Mr. Mudd productions. Steven Rales and Mark Roybal are executive producing through Indian Paintbrush.

Both actors are repped through CAA.

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  • Mr. Holloway

    Ok good.

    When I first saw the headline, I was afraid “Labor Day” was going to be a follow-up to the awful “Valentine’s Day” and the likely-to-be-awful “New Year’s Eve” movies.

    • Jackie

      Very first thing I thought too! It sounds a tiny bit like the Meryl Streep movie ‘The River Wild’.

    • Sarah

      Me too!

      • Kirk

        Labor Day Day of Labor. That’s right!

    • Karl

      Me too! I was like, “not another one”. Next we’re going to have “Fourth of July”, “Christmas”, and “Halloween”. OH wait the last ones already been made.

  • Dana

    me too! wow everyone is on the same page

  • fbdbpw

    God she is so damn gorgeous ill never forget that titanic scene

  • Alison

    I was lukewarm in response to the book, but this is promising casting news. I think Kate will be great as Adele.

    • Kelcie

      I agree! I can’t wait to see what Josh Brolin does with this character.

  • frankie

    kate is amazing. i loved her in “mildred pierce”. looking forward to seeing this. and btw, i totally thought it was a “valentines day” spin-off when i first read the headline. thank god that is not the case. that film was so effing stupid.

  • Gina

    I, too, was only so-so on the book but think it might make a much better film. Dream cast!

  • Andie

    So excited. Jason Reitman’s three movies have been three of my favorites, so hopefully this one will make the list as well.

  • Angela

    This sounds promising! I like the pairing, and it’ll be interesting to see Jason Reitman tackle a straight drama; Up in the Air was almost a drama, but still comedic/light enough to be considered a dramedy. One suggestion: perhaps Joel Courtney for the role of the son? He was fantastic in Super 8.

  • Shakespeare

    Jason hasn’t made a bad movie yet so I’ll give it a chance. + Kate is nude in about every movie she does, so getting the chance to see those BOOBS again in action is also a bonus!

  • vins

    i love kate winslet for ever…………

  • anna

    Neither of them are how I imagined the characters to be at all. And I’m sick of Winslet playing these free-spirit-housewife-trapped-in-the-suburbs roles.

    • LINDA

      THIS WAS A VERY GOOD READ. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOVIE.

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