Tonight, Jason Reitman will direct a live table-read of Billy Wilder’s classic 1960 film, The Apartment, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit Film Independent. Last month, Reitman kicked off his series with a celeb-studded performance of The Breakfast Club. Reitman had been announcing tonight’s cast via his Twitter feed – yesterday, he revealed that Natalie Portman will read the Shirley MacLaine role – but the role of C.C. Baxter, originated by Jack Lemmon, remained a secret. Until now. I’ll give you a hint: He once ate a big red candle. Your Baxter for a night is… after the jump.
Steve Carell! The former Office star steps into the shoes of a put-upon underling whose rise up the corporate ladder is complicated when his boss borrows his apartment for trysts.
The rest of the cast includes J.K. Simmons as Sheldrake (originally played by Fred MacMurray), Ken Jeong as Dobisch (Ray Walston), Nick Kroll as Kirkeby (David Lewis), Mindy Kaling as Miss Olsen (Edie Adams), Collette Wolfe as Sylvia (Joan Shawlee), and Jake Johnson as Dr. Dreyfuss (Jack Kruschen).
There will be one more surprise cast member, to be announced tonight. Although tickets are sold out, there remain a small number of stand-by seats still available.