What's Behind Jason Reitman's Twitter Casting Call for 'Men, Women & Children'

 

This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

On Oct. 22, Jason Reitman took to Twitter to cast part of his next movie, the dark suburban drama Men, Women & Children, based on a book by lightning-rod novelist Chad Kultgen: "Need help casting my film! Know a teen football player who's a quiet thoughtful giant? See the attached script!"

Turns out it may have been less new-media lark, more hint of frustration. THR hears that the director has been having trouble attracting true-to-age talent for the project's several teen roles that involve a lot of sext-ing, online porn watching and other manifestations of digital-era adolescence.

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Some agents, perhaps remembering the outcry over Dakota Fanning's notorious rape scene in the 2007 coming-of-age film Hounddog, are leery of committing underage clients to controversial parts. 

Reitman's rep denies a problem: "He casts every role without any issue."

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