Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons are among the names headlining a live reading of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back this Thursday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. According to an exclusive report from Entertainment Weekly, Aaron Paul will be playing the part of Luke Skywalker, while J.K. Simmons will opposite him playing Darth Vader, a character only slightly less intimidating than his role in Whiplash.
The one-night-only special event is part of director Jason Reitman’s Live Read series that puts celebrities in classic TV and movie roles to read the scripts live on stage. Reitman’s first Live Read was back in 2011 when he had Jennifer Garner, James Van Der Beek, Mindy Kaling, Patton Oswalt, Michael Chiklis, Aaron Paul, and J.K. Simmons all playing parts from The Breakfast Club. Other adaptations of his include The Princess Bride, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski, American Beauty, Ghostbusters, and many more.
Joining Paul and Simmons in the Empire Strikes Back reading will be Stephen Merchant as C-3P0, Dennis Haysbert as Lando Calrissian, and Kevin Pollak as Yoda. All three of them are also regulars of Reitman’s Live Read series.
Because the actual movie is played behind the cast as they read their lines, the event is not recorded or broadcasts due to copyright issues. This leads to the limited seating of LACMA being sold out almost immediately to a select group of pre-sellers. Presumably due to the high demand of it being Star Wars related, this particular Live Read is being moved to the Ace Hotel Theater in downtown Los Angeles, which features 1,600 seats in total, compared to the LACMA’s 600. Even then good luck getting, in but if you want to give it a shot ticket information can be found at the Film Independent website.