Dawson Leery is back, y’all! Word on the street is James Van Der Beek is in talks to join Jason Reitman’s next picture, “Labor Day,” along with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Beek would play a police officer in the film which revolves around a depressed divorcee (Winslet) and her young boy (played by Gattlin Griffith), who get caught up with an ex-con on the run (Brolin). The story is told from the young boy’s perspective, with life lessons aplenty for all parties involved. Reitman is basing his script on Joyce Maynard’s novel.
This is the latest coup for Van Der Beek who has recently opened a whole new chapter for himself as an actor. He currently plays a narcissistic version of himself on the ABC comedy, “Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt 23.” In the last year, he’s popped up in various other places playing that dude, including Ke$ha’s “Blow” music video and on Funny or Die.
This isn’t the first time that Reitman and VDB have worked together. In 2011, Reitman directed him in a live stage reading of “The Breakfast Club” in Los Angeles, where he played the role originated by Emilio Estevez. He was joined by Mindy Kaling and Patton Oswalt, among others.
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