‘Labor Day’, starring Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin, will shoot in Massachusetts this summer

Director Jason Reitman is gearing up for his next project, Labor Day, which will star Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

The movie is based on Joyce Maynard’s book of the same name and is set on a late summer Labor Day holiday weekend in the 1980s. It opens with a divorced, depressed single mom (Winslet) who encounters a large, bleeding man (Brolin) while shopping with her 13-year-old. He asks for a ride and against their better judgment, they agree. Meanwhile, they learn that police are searching their town for an escaped convict. The story is mostly told through the eyes of 13-year-old Henry, who spends most of his time daydreaming or watching TV.

As we reported last month, there have been rumors that the movie would be filmed in the Boston area next summer and now, based on the casting call below, it looks like the rumors are true.

Chrystie Street Casting recently issued a casting call for the part of Henry, which  Reitman has stressed is crucial to the movie because, “we’ve got to find someone very special.” He has also implied that he has not ruled out using an unknown actor for the role.

But, the casting call also confirms that the movie will be filming in Massachusetts in June. You can check out the complete listing below:

Chrystie Street Casting is casting Labor Day, a feature film. Chrystie Street Casting has cast the films Young Adult, Precious, Shakespeare in Love, Good Will Hunting, Cider House Rules, Pineapple Express, The Wrestler, and 200 other major films, as well as the TV series Pan Am. Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), dir.; Suzanne Smith Crowley & Jessica Kelly, casting. Shooting begins June 2012 in MA.

Seeking—Henry: boy, 13 years old (submit ages 10-14), Caucasian, a true innocent, has taken over the role of caretaker and protector to his fragile and reclusive mother Adele, an observant boy who understands his mother’s loneliness, but is too young to understand why he cannot entirely fill it, when a new man enters the picture the friend-less Henry is both exhilarated by the relationship and threatened by the prospect that he is no longer needed by his mother, LEAD; Eleanor: girl, 14 years old (submit ages 10-14), Caucasian, a skinny girl, a product of a broken home, newly moved from a big city to live with her father and is already bored with the small town entertainments, an intelligent girl, learned how to get what she wants with wit, calculations, and her newly developed sexual awareness, to Henry she is the mysterious hot girl who seems to know everything about the world that he doesn’t, LEAD; Barry: boy, 15 years old (submit ages 12-17), Caucasian, mentally challenged, could be Down’s Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy, the wheelchair-bound son of Evelyn (the lead character’s only friend), can only communicate through gurgles and mumbles, is perhaps more engaged in the world around him than his mother realizes, seeking actors who have either condition described above, supporting role.

To be considered, email recent pix, age, and contact info ASAP to labordaycasting@gmail.com. No phone calls. Professional pay provided. SAG Film Agreement.

If you have any scoop about Labor Day or its filming locations, let us know at olv@onlocationvacations.com!

[Source: Backstage]


  1. HI My name is Mary Frances. I am 13 years old and would like to audition for the role of Eleanor. I have blonde hair and blue eyes and am 5 ft tall. I would love to star in this movie for I have never been in a big production outside my school. But I have traveled in choir and band competitions before and am now starting to play the cello( which I dont know if that helps or not). So please consider!:)

  2. Hi, my name is Brian Andrus and I am a 14 year old male. Hassle eyes, brown hair, 5′ 5” tall, caucasian, and am seeking the role of Henry in this film! Contact me for more information! Thank you 🙂

  3. Helllo, my name is Francesca Lupini, and I’d love to be considered for the role of Eleanor. I have been in a few plays but no major productions. I have dark brown hair, and dark brown eyes, I’m 5’2″, and I am 14 years old. I am skinny. I love acting and it’s always been a dream of mine to star in a movie. I don’t even want to be in a movie for the fame like most kids my age. I just really love acting and I want to share that with the world, even a small role in any film would be an honor.

  4. Hello My Name is Elise Calow, i am 14 years old, i have long brown hair and brown eyes. i am of average build, not too skinny but not fat. i would love to be in this movie as i have been acting for a long time and would love to go proffesional. i have been dreaming of being in films since i was 4. its a passion of mine and i have been told by my drama and performing arts teachers that i have alot of skill, talent and potential to go pro, and i portray my emotions excelently.
    Please consider me.
    Thank you for spending your time reading this, it would be a dream come true.


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