Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) is set for a change of pace with his next offering, ditching the humour for the straight-up drama Labor Day, which has just received its first (rather revealing) trailer today courtesy of Paramount Pictures, along with a special ‘Online Trailer’ via SlashFilm.
Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard and adapted for the screen by Reitman, Labor Day stars Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road), Josh Brolin (Oldboy), Gattlin Griffith (Changeling), J.K. Simmons (Juno), Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man).
Check out the trailers after the official synopsis (and if you’d like to go into the film knowing as little as possible, I’d suggest skipping the first)….
LABOR DAY centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler (Griffith), who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele (Winslet) while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers (Brolin), a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.
Labor Day receives an Oscar-qualifying limited run in the States from Christmas Day before opening wide on January 31st, while the film is due to arrive here in the UK on February 7th. Read our ★★★ review from the Toronto International Film Festival here.