Winslet and Brolin make Labor Day Plans


Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin have joined the cast of Labor Day, EW reports.

The film (which you can watch Reitman briefly discuss in a 2009 video interview with by clicking here) adapts Joyce Maynard’s novel of the same year. The book is described on Maynard’s own site as follows:

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henry — lonely, friendless, not too good at sports — spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele — a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly’s with his estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his “Husband for a Day” coupon, he still can’t make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart.

But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life’s most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting others — especially those we love — above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for.

Reitman, who wrote and directed both Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air (both also adapted from novels) will next direct Young Adult at Paramount. That film features an original script from Diablo Cody, who previously teamed with Reitman for Juno.