The creators of the 2007 film are re-staging it with an entirely female cast as a one-night-only live-read on April 8 to raise money and awareness for the women’s health organization.
Ellen Page will be reprising her role as the pregnant teen and Jennifer Garner will be back as the hopeful, adoptive mother, but the male parts – like those originated by Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, and J.K. Simmons – will be filled by actresses this time.
Jason Reitman, who earned an Oscar nomination for directing the film, put his live script-reading series aside last April after five seasons, but the 2016 election inspired him to bring it back only a year later. This will be the first show of many in a new Resistance-inspired lineup, touching on topics such as immigration and the fake news epidemic.
“Like many other people, I felt like I wanted to do something. I wanted to find a way to contribute to the causes that have never felt more important,” he told EW. “It occurred to me that I have this show that could be used as a tool to not only raise money for causes that need the help, but could serve as an opportunity for a group like Planned Parenthood to connect with an audience who can be presented with new ideas, or even an action item.”
In some ways, the all-female cast will add an edgy new feel to the story, and in others it will require extra suspension of disbelief from the audience. Two women can definitely adopt a child, but they can’t exactly make one. (In case you needed to have this clarified.)
Reitman has previously done all-women casts for readings of Glengarry Glen Ross and Stand by Me. “Considering how much this election has done against women and what Planned Parenthood has done for women I thought it would be cool to hear this script with an all-female voice,” Reitman said.
The Juno reading will take place at the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles, and tickets can be found here. Reitman says they’ll be selling original artwork from the opening titles and other signed memorabilia, with all the money going to Planned Parenthood.
The full cast will be announced via @JasonReitman on Twitter in the days before the show.
Reitman says the Planned Parenthood read will resolve one point of debate about Juno, which was embraced by some anti-abortion advocates because the main character chooses to give birth rather than terminate the pregnancy.
“If there was any confusion about whether Juno was pro-choice or pro-life, this should settle that,” Reitman says. “Juno had a choice, and that was the most important part.”
Happy 30th Birthday, Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page!
2017 is shaping up to be a great year for Ellen with her new roles in Mercy, The Third Wave and Flatliners, which are all looking towards a release this year.
We would like to wish Ellen a very Happy Birthday and all the very best on this special day!
Be sure to tweet your lovely birthday messages directly to Ellen on her official Twitter!
Lots of love, Ellen Page Daily.
Hey all, super sorry for the huge break in updating the website. If you have been following us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr, you’ll know we have been keeping everything else, including the photo gallery updated during our dry spell here. Now that we are back on track, we’ll continue to update the website as frequently as news happens!
Here is a quick run-down of what’s been happening with the lovely Ellen Page since our last update in September (oh golly…)
21/10: Mercy finishes filming in Ohio
18/11: Ellen began filming the zombie drama The Third Wave in Dublin, Ireland
13/11: Ellen was spotted at a Stop Trump Rally in Dublin, Ireland [View Photos]
05/11: Flatliners release was pushed back from 18 Aug 2017 to 29 Sept 2017
15/12: Ellen attended the premiere of Netflix’s new series The OA [View Photos]
17/01: The trailer for the English version of French animated film My Life As A Zucchini was released. [Watch]
17/01: New/Old photoshoot outtakes of Ellen photographed by Thomas Egli [View]
19/01: Ellen and Ian Daniel film a Gaycation special at the Trump inauguration in Washington DC [View Photos]
19/01: Ellen and Ian Daniel attend the 2017 Inaugural Peace Ball [View Photos]
20/01: Ellen debates with an anti-gay religious preacher during the Trump inauguration protests [Watch]
31/01: Gaycation has been nominated for Outstanding Reality Program at the 2017 Glaad Awards
07/02: The first promotional still from The Third Wave has released [View]
10/02: Ellen and Ian Daniel were in Indianapolis to film an episode of Gaycation
12/02: Ellen, Alia Shawkat and Landon Pigg were in attendance for the L.A. Derby Dolls’ fundraiser at The Regent Theatre [View Photos]
Live in Cincinnati and keen to be an extra on one of Ellen’s films? Now is your chance! (Lucky things!)
CINCINNATI — Production company Killer Films is seeking extras to appear in “Mercy,” a film starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara that is currently shooting in the Queen City.
The romantic drama is about two women in love whose families are politically opposed. Volunteers are needed to appear on set between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 3, Oct. 10 and Oct. 11.
Extras will have the chance to meet actors and producers, take part in raffles and giveaways and experience work on a Hollywood film set, according to Killer Films’ open casting call page. People with questions about the shoot are invited to email MercyGroupCasting@gmail.com. Register your chance HERE.
Check out below for some snaps of Ellen and Kate on set of Mercy so far.
Gaycation hosts Ellen Page and Ian Daniel were at the Emmy’s yesterday for their nomination for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. Unfortunately, they didn’t win and the award went to Born This Way on A&E.
Photos have been uploaded to the photo gallery with Ian Daniel and her girlfriend Samantha Thomas, (which we are shipping by the way!) looking lovely on the red carpet as they always do. Head over here to check them out!
If you are familiar with snapchat, Ellen and Ian took over Viceland’s during the event and we have them for anyone who missed out:
Exciting news for UK & Ireland today! Into The Forest is now available to buy and rent from We Are Colony! The bundle includes special behind-the-scenes extras, so be sure to get your copy!
Promotional gifs below courtesy of Olivier Namet of We Are Colony