Young Adult is an upcoming 2011 comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman. The screenplay is written by Diablo Cody. Reitman and Cody worked together previously on the 2007 film, Juno. The film is scheduled to have a limited release December 9, 2011, and a wide release December 16.
Per the official website: Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either. Cast Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary Patrick Wilson as Buddy Slade Patton Oswalt as Matt Freehauf Elizabeth Reaser as Beth Slade Collette Wolfe as Sandra Freehauf Hettienne Park as Vicki Robek J.K. Simmons as Mavis' boss Production Screenwriter Diablo Cody said the genesis of the film came from This common question I would get at Q&As or press junkets or what-have-you was: "Why are you so fixated on adolescents?" Am I stunted somehow? And so as I thought about my own life, I thought, "Gosh, that would be a great characterâ??a woman in her 30s who writes young-adult fiction and does in fact cling to deluded teenage fantasies in her real life, and is obsessed with recreating her teenage years come hell or high water." Writing a spec script, she sent drafts to her friend and Juno director, Jason Reitman, for critique. When Labor Day, a film Reitman had been preparing had its production pushed to 2012, he had a window to direct Cody's script, shot on a $12 million budget in 30 days. After Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson were cast, Patton Oswalt was signed after doing a table read-through of the script at Reitman's house. Patton said that because his character, Matt Freehauf, had been badly beaten as a teen and was required to walk with a brace, he consulted with both an acting coach and a physical therapist to prepare for the role: "I just wanted less and less to have to think about so I could be more present in the scenes with Charlize. She's a really instinctual actor and I really didn't want to be sitting there with eight other thoughts on my head while she's just rolling with it."