“It’s like what Lenin said… you look for the person who will benefit, and, uh, uh…” Exactly, Dude. That honor this time goes to the little urban achievers who get to see Jason Reitman’s latest live read. On July 24th, at Montreal’s Just for Laughs, the acclaimed director will stage yet another reading of The Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski. However, unlike his 2012 production, which featured Seth Rogen as The Dude, he’s dusted his favorite carpet off for A-lister Michael Fassbender.
“Unlike other Live-Reads where I have a decent sense of how, for instance, Seth Rogen [was] going to play The Dude, I have no idea how Fassbender will do it,” Reitman told EW. “But he’s one of the our greatest performers, he’s on the current Mount Rushmore of actors, so I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.”
Reitman lucked out by nabbing Fassbender, who’s currently in the city shooting Bryan Singer’s blockbuster sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. As Indiewire points out, this isn’t the first time the actor’s been attached to Coen Brothers material. “I think the last audition I did was for Inside Llewyn Davis,” Fassbender told Variety earlier this year. “It was an unsuccessful audition. I went up for Oscar [Isaac’s] part.” Those lucky enough to attend in a few weeks will see if he’s really out of his element with the material.
Even better, they’ll get to see Patton Oswalt play Walter Sobchak, too. Here’s hoping the comic sneaks in a “This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!” when he’s yelling at whoever plays Larry. Probably nobody, right?
Fuck it, man. Let’s go bowling.