Quentin Tarantino’s breakthrough film Reservoir Dogs has been a cult classic for twenty years now. But director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) has decided to shake-up the movie’s pedigree. While the original 1992 film featured an all-white cast (and liberal use of the n-word), a recent script reading was staged with a nearly all-black cast, including Laurence Fishburne, Terrence Howard, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr., and more. Entertainment Weekly reports:

Imagine a very smooth, very self-satisfied rattlesnake.

That was what Terrence Howard brought to the role of Mr. Blonde, the casually homicidal madman of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs in a one-night-only live-reading of the script last night.

Now picture an older guy, who probably should be thinking about retirement, but realizes too late he has thrown in with the wrong thugs — and he left his medication at home. That was what Laurence Fishburne did with the part of Mr. White, originated by Harvey Keitel.

Up in the Air and Young Adult filmmaker Jason Reitman has been creating these events for the past five months, with one more to go in the series. This time around, he decided to take a movie that once featured an all-white cast and replace it with an entire group of black actors (with one exception.)

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