Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush announced today that principal photography has begun on Labor Day, from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman, with Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet and Academy Award-nominated Josh Brolin starring. The film is shooting in Massachusetts.
Based on Joyce Maynards novel of the same name, the film is written and directed by Reitman (Young Adult, Up in the Air) who will produce with his partner Helen Estabrook through their Right of Way Films banner, along with the Academy Award-nominated team of Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith (Young Adult, Juno) of Mr. Mudd. Steven Rales (Young Adult, Like Crazy) and Mark Roybal (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, No Country For Old Men) of Indian Paintbrush will serve as executive producers.
Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, 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.
Winslet (Revolutionary Road, The Reader) stars as Adele Wheeler, the reclusive mother and Josh Brolin (True Grit, No Country For Old Men) is Frank Chambers. Gattlin Griffith (Green Lantern, Changeling) plays Adeles son Henry. Rounding out the cast is Tom Lipinski (“Suits”) as the young Frank; Clark Gregg (Marvel’s The Avengers) as Henrys father Gerald; Alexie Gilmore (Definitely, Maybe) plays Marjorie, Geralds new wife and Henrys stepmom; Lucas Hedges (Moonrise Kingdom) plays her son Richard; Brighid Fleming (Gamer) as Henrys friend Eleanor; James Van Der Beek (Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23″) as Officer Treadwell; Maika Monroe as young Franks sweetheart Mandy; Brooke Smith (Grey’s Anatomy) as Adeles friend Evelyn and Micah Fowler as Evelyns son Barry.