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AMERICAN REUNION REVIEW

American Reunion is an upcoming comedy film written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. It is the eighth installment in the American Pie film series and the fourth in the original series of American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003). The film is scheduled for a theatrical release on April 6, 2012.
 

Synopsis

The original American Pie cast from class of 1999 return to East Great Falls for their high school reunion.

Cast

  • Jason Biggs as James "Jim" Levenstein; Jim and Michelle now have a two-year old son.
  • Alyson Hannigan as Michelle Flaherty-Levenstein
  • Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin Myers; he is married and works from home as an architect.
  • Chris Klein as Chris "Oz" Ostreicher; he has moved to a beach house in Malibu and works as a sportscaster on an NFL show.
  • Seann William Scott as Steve Stifler
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas as Paul Finch
  • Tara Reid as Victoria "Vicky" Lathum
  • Shannon Elizabeth as Nadia
  • Natasha Lyonne as Jessica
  • Mena Suvari as Heather
  • Chris Owen as Chuck Sherman
  • Eugene Levy as Noah Levenstein
  • Jennifer Coolidge as Stifler's mom
  • John Cho as John
  • Katrina Bowden as Oz's girlfriend, an "L.A. party girl type"
  • Jay Harrington as Heather's boyfriend who is a doctor
  • Zane Wind as Mitch
  • Charlene Amoia as Kevin's wife
  • Dania Ramirez as Trisha; "the ugly duckling nobody noticed in high school who has since grown into a beautiful swan, much to Finch’s delight".
  • Chuck Hittinger as Marco; "a jock and a bully who takes his girlfriend for granted".
  • Vik Sahay as Stifler's boss
  • Ali Cobrin as "the cutest senior in high school looking for the perfect guy to give her virginity to".
  • Benjamin Arthur as Chester
  • Jen Kober

Production

Development

It was reported in October 2008 that Universal Pictures was planning to produce a third theatrically released sequel to the first film. In April 2010, the film entered pre-production, with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg signing on to write and direct with plans of reuniting the whole cast of the primary series.

Casting

In March 2011, it was also announced that Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy had signed on to reprise their roles. Biggs and Scott were granted executive producer credits and also helped convince the other previous cast members to return. In April 2011, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein and Mena Suvari signed on. The following month, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Shannon Elizabeth, and Jennifer Coolidge signed on. In June and July 2011, John Cho and Natasha Lyonne were the last returning cast to sign on.

On May 18, 2011, a casting call went out for the character "Kara", a role that involved "upper frontal nudity". New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has a cameo.

Filming

On a budget of $50 million, principal photography took place from early June to August 2011 in metro Atlanta, Georgia. In late June, filming took place at Conyers, Monroe and Woodruff Park. Production filmed at Newton High School in Covington from July 11 to July 15. Scenes were filmed at the school's gym for a reunion prom set, football field, commons area and hallways; which included 200 extras. Under the deal the production company paid $10,000 to the Newton County School System for using the school.

During the last week of July, production moved to Cumming to film at Mary Alice Park on Lake Lanier and included about 100 extras. Moore said the beach at the lake looks similar to a Lake Michigan setting, which is the state the film's set in. The production company paid $23,000 to have full access to the property for a week. Suvari finished filming her scenes on August 4.