Emma Stone will be playing the Shirley MacLaine role in Jason Reitman’s staged reading of The Apartment at the Times Center on Friday, Reitman announced today, and Paul Rudd will take on the Baxter role originated by Jack Lemmon. This raises a vexing question: Is this pairing superior to the Natalie Portman/Steve Carrell pairing that performed the reading in L.A.? (Vulture staffers are split.) David Wain will play Dr. Dreyfuss, Lena Dunham will play Sylvia, Jason Sudeikis will play Kirkeby, Cara Buono will play Miss Olsen, Tom Cavanagh will play Dobisch, and James Woods will play Sheldrake. Not too shabby! The show itself is sold out, but you can still get simulcast tickets.
Actress Emma Stone attends Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards held at Galen Center on March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images