One of the most popular portrayals of adoption in recent pop culture came in 2007 with the film “Juno.” Now, ten years later, the two lead actresses will reprise their roles with an all-female cast.
Ellen Page, who played quirky teenager Juno, and Jennifer Garner, who played adoptive mother Vanessa, will lead the live reading of the movie on April 8 in Los Angeles. Writer and director Jason Reitman is producing the event as a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood as part of his “Live Read” series.
“Juno” follows a 16-year-old girl who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and decides to place her child for adoption with couple Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Garner). It’s a mostly realistic representation of the adoption process, portraying Juno’s bond with the adoptive parents, her complicated relationship with the baby’s birth father (Michael Cera) and the support she receives from her family and friends.
It’s unclear what (if anything) the live reading will change about the plot, given that it’s an all-female cast. However, it’s probably safe to assume that the reading will retain the comedic but honest portrayal of adoption that made so many fall in love with the movie in the first place.
Follow Reitman on Twitter to find out who else will be in the show’s cast, as he’ll announce the other actresses in the days leading up to the show.