By Mandi Bierly
Updated October 18, 2011 at 03:55 PM EDT
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Thursday night, Jason Reitman, writer and director of Up in the Air, will launch his new series of live reads of beloved films to benefit Film Independent with a sold-out reading of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. It will be his handpicked actors’ first time reading the script together. So far, Reitman has announced via Twitter the casting of Mindy Kaling in the role of basket case Allison (Ally Sheedy), Patton Oswalt as brain Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), James Van Der Beek as athlete Andy (Emilio Estevez), and J.K. Simmons as janitor Carl (John Kapelos).

Pause for you to imagine a tender moment between Kaling and Van Der Beek…

And, we’re back. That leaves the plum roles of princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), criminal Bender (Judd Nelson) and teacher Mr. Vernon (Paul Gleason). UPDATE: Reitman has announced Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul will read Bender. Who are your picks? With a good cause, great material, and those interesting players (Oswalt’s voice can be so tender, you can already feel the single tear running down your cheek), we imagine Reitman’s main problem will be people’s schedules. For our purposes, let’s pretend everyone’s free and already in Los Angeles. Go!

Part of me would love to see Community‘s Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs as Bender and Claire, which would be fitting. If Reitman is after bigger names, perhaps Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, or Scarlett Johansson (she’d be great at the lipstick) with James Franco or Ryan Gosling. For Vernon, I think definitely James Spader. Your turn!

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