“Twilight” stud Taylor Lautner is set to play porn star Dirk Diggler in Jason Reitman’s live reading of “Boogie Nights” at Film Independent at LACMA on Thursday night, while Judy Greer will take over the role Amber Waves, from her “Carrie” co-star Julianne Moore, TheWrap has learned.
Lautner has big shoes — and bigger shorts — to fill, as the role was originated by Mark Wahlberg in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 classic. His trademark six-pack abs would serve him well in the part, though he is expected to keep his shirt on for the reading.
Jesse Eisenberg recently read the role of Diggler during Reitman’s live reading of the script at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival, where Olivia Wilde read the role of Waves.
Reitman has revealed several other participants on Twitter, including Mae Whitman as Rollergirl, Kevin Pollak as The Colonel, Jim Rash as Buck Swope, Jarod Einsohn as Todd Parker and Jurnee Smollett as Jessie St. Vincent
Reitman’s live readings of classic screenplays are a hot ticket, whether in Toronto, Los Angeles or elsewhere. He snagged Bryan Cranston to read Kevin Spacey’s Oscar-winning role of Lester Burnham in last year’s Toronto reading of Alan Ball’s “American Beauty,” and he previously did an all-black reading of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs.”
Reitman’s new movie “Labor Day” screened at Toronto, where “Boogie Nights” first premiered. The director is currently prepping an adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel “Men, Women & Children,” which is expected to star Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner and Rosemarie DeWitt.
Lautner recently wrapped the action movie “Tracers” and appeared in “Grown Ups 2.” He’s repped by WME and Management 360.
Greer, who next stars in “Carrie,” is currently filming Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland” and recently wrapped a role in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” She’s repped by CAA and Principato-Young Entertainment.