SNL Origin Film Gains Momentum with Gabriel LaBelle as Lorne Michaels

Los Angeles, CA – The upcoming origin film about “Saturday Night Live” is quickly gaining traction, with Gabriel LaBelle, Cooper Hoffman, and Rachel Sennott joining the cast. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film will delve into the real-life behind-the-scenes accounts of the show’s opening night. LaBelle is set to portray Lorne Michaels, while Hoffman takes on the role of Dick Ebersol and Sennott will play Rosie Shuster. Reitman will both write and direct the film.

The screenplay, written by Reitman and Gil Kenan, will center around the chaotic and magical moments leading up to the first broadcast of “Saturday Night Live” on October 11th, 1975. The film aims to capture the revolution that almost never happened, as viewers are taken through the real-time countdown to the iconic words, “Live From New York, it’s Saturday Night.” Reitman and Kenan conducted extensive interviews with the living cast, writers, and crew members to contribute to the authenticity of the script.

This project marks Gabriel LaBelle’s return to major studio films since his breakout role in Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film, “The Fablemans.” LaBelle’s performance garnered critical acclaim, and now he has the opportunity to embody another legendary figure in this new film.

Cooper Hoffman, who gained recognition for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza,” has been receiving acclaim for his acting skills. He received nominations for both the Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe Awards, and also won the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance. Hoffman’s next project is the Ethan Hawke-directed feature “Wildcat,” which premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival in 2023. He has also recently filmed “Old Guy,” alongside Christoph Waltz.

Rachel Sennott, a talented writer and performer, co-led in MGM’s feature film “Bottoms,” where she also co-produced and co-wrote the script with Emma Seligman. Sennott’s credits include HBO’s “The Idol” and A24’s slasher film “Bodies Bodies Bodies.” She is set to star in Prime Video’s thriller “Holland, Michigan” as well.

Gabriel LaBelle is represented by CAA, Play Management, Canopy Media Partners, Sloane Offer Weber Dern, and Viewpoint. Cooper Hoffman is represented by CAA and Robert F. Marshall at Greenberg Glusker. Rachel Sennott is represented by WME, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, The Lede Company, and Yorn, Levine, Barnes.