Watch Jesse Eisenberg, Aaron Paul and more take part in live reading of ‘The Breakfast Club’

The tribute to John Hughes' much-loved 1985 movie took place at the Toronto Film Festival yesterday (September 9)

Jesse Eisenberg, Christina Hendricks and Aaron Paul were among the stars to take part in a live reading of The Breakfast Club at the Toronto Film Festival over the weekend.

Organised by Jason Reitman, the tribute to the late John Hughes’ much-loved teen movie – which was released in 1985 and starred the likes of Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Judd Nelson – follows from previous live readings of the likes of Boogie Nights, The Princess Bride and American Beauty at the Canadian festival.

Taking place last night (September 9), this year’s live reading saw Eisenberg play John Bender (with the actor recreating the character’s famous fist pump at the end) and Hendricks read for Ringwald’s character, Claire Standish.


Breaking Bad star Paul took on the role of Andy Clark, while Bel Powley and Steve Zissis played Allison Reynolds and Brian Johnson respectively. Richard E Grant was also present to play Assistant Principal Vernon.

See fan-shot pictures and footage of this special live reading of The Breakfast Club at the Toronto Film Festival below.

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“What we found out is that each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.” There is always one defining movie that captures your youth. Tonight, I was lucky enough to attend Jason Reitman’s live read at #tiff. Every year a cast he assembles reads a classic movie script on stage with contemporary actors. It’s an intimate and moving experience for actors and audience alike and beats a screening anyday in my books. This year’s pick was no other than John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club.” It was hilarious and oh so sentimental, as every single person in the auditorium was running those scenes in their head. John Hughes’ son James was in the audience as well, no doubt feeling the love. Long live the 80s… #dontyouforgetaboutme #thebreakfastclub #johnhughes #jasonreitman #jesseeisenberg #christinahendricks #aaronpaul #belpowley #stevezissis #richardegrant #robertwuhl

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Back in April, Molly Ringwald admitted that she now finds some of the scenes of The Breakfast Club hard to watch in the wake of the #MeToo movement.