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Brad Pitt to join George Clooney in Prop 8 play

Actor Brad Pitt arrives on the red carpe


Actor Brad Pitt arrives on the red carpet for the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit: REDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Brad Pitt is taking time out of his dreamy, age-reversing schedule to star with George Clooney in Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's gay marriage rights play "8," set for its Los Angeles premiere on Saturday.

The man who seems to be magically Benjamin Button-ing himself (especially the hair) will take on the role of United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker -- the judge who overturned California's gay marriage ban by ruling Prop 8 unconstitutional -- in a staged reading of the landmark production.

The West Coast premiere, serving as a fundraiser for gay marriage efforts, will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3.

Pitt is joining an already star-heavy cast that includes George Clooney and Martin Sheen playing the plaintiffs’ co-counsel odd-couple Theodore B. Olson and David Boies. The two gay couples who put forth the law suit -- Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, with Kris Perry and Sandy Stier -- will be played by Matthew Morrison, Matt Bomer, Christine Lahti, and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Jane Lynch will play Maggie Gallagher, anti-gay marriage activist and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage. The lawyer in defense of Prop 8, Charles J. Cooper, will be played by Kevin Bacon. John C. Reilly will play founder and president of the Institute for American Values, David Blankenhorn.

Cue Rob Reiner. He'll be directing this piece of staged history. Non-ticket holders can watch it happen live on YouTube. The performance will begin streaming at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 (pre-show at 7:30).

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