Brad Pitt and George Clooney are coming together for an acting gig and this time it has nothing to do with robbing Las Vegas casinos. The two Hollywood superstars have joined the cast for the West Coast premiere reading of the play “8” by Dustin Lance Black (writer, “Milk” and “J. Edgar”), which chronicles the efforts in California to overturn Proposition 8, the bill that sought to ban gay marriage.
Pitt will play U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional. Clooney and Martin Sheen will read the parts of David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, respectively, who were the attorneys for the plaintiff.
The cast also includes Matt Bomer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Lynch, Christine Lahti, John C. Reilly, James Pickens Jr., Mattthew Morrison, Chris Colfer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Yeardley Smith, Campbell Brown, Kevin Bacon and George Takei and will be directed by Rob Reiner. The reading itself takes place Saturday (March 3) at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles and proceeds from the reading will go to benefit the fight for marriage equality.
If you’d like to watch, but can’t make it to the live reading, the American Foundation for Equal Rights will be live-streaming the reading beginning at 7:30 p.m. PST on their YouTube channel. More information about the production can be found at the AFER website.