One of my absolute favorite authors in the business today is Jonathan Tropper. I’ve been eager awaiting/dreading adaptations of his work to come down the pike for a few years now, and later this year we’ll be getting our first. September will bring the adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You, a rather hilarious and heartbreaking story of a dysfunctional family gathering at the funeral of their patriarch. I loved the book and am thrilled that Tropper adapted it himself, though the choice of Shawn Levy to direct gives me pause. That being said, there’s a top notch cast in place, consisting of Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman (the lead character/narrator in the book), Rose Byrne, Adam Driver, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard. Some big names there. Above you can see the cast on set and below you can see who they all are, via a story in Entertainment Weekly. This Is Where I Leave You hits theaters on September 12th, and if all went right, it should make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Here’s the rundown from Entertainment Weekly:
• Charles “Boner” Grodner (Ben Schwartz)
The family’s too-cool-for-schul rabbi with the inappropriate childhood nickname.
• Tracy (Connie Britton)
Therapist turned girlfriend of Phillip, a smart woman who has foolishly convinced herself he’s just as serious about her.
• Penny (Rose Byrne)
Long-ago, hometown crush for Judd, who still harbors high-school level adoration from him.
• Linda (Debra Monk)
The Altman’s neighbor, mother of Horry, and Hillary’s best friend and confidant. Maybe more.
• Phillip (Adam Driver)
The out-of-control youngest child, spoiled but charismatic. He’d like a cut of the family sporting goods business, despite no experience.
• Horry (Timothy Olyphant)
Neighbor and teenage boyfriend of Wendy, who suffered a brain injury when they were dating and now lives at home with mom Linda.
• Alice (Kathryn Hahn)
She briefly dated Judd when they were young, but later met and married his big brother Paul. She desperately wants a baby.
• Paul (Corey Stoll)
The steady, surly oldest son, and the only Altman who stayed behind to help his father run the family sporting goods business.
• Wendy (Tina Fey)
A married mother of two, still heartbroken over Horry, the damaged boy she left behind. Her life is lush, but loveless.
• Hilary (Jane Fonda)
A psychologist who wrote a bestselling parenting book about her troubled brood, her overt sexuality is a constant embarrassment.
• Barry (Aaron Lazar)
Wendy’s aloof but wealthy husband, who spends the funeral on his phone closing a deal with work.
• Judd (Jason Bateman)
The middle son, already a disappointment, whose life is spiraling after his wife left him for his boss, then announced she was pregnant.
• Shawn Levy
The director of the movie, best known for Real Steel, and the Night at the Museum films. With the father of the Altman clan deceased, he’s filling in as the Pater Familias.
–Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!