The mere mention of a remake of The Princess Bride sets the masses on fire! But this is one remake that may be the exception.  A-list actors came together during quarantine to recreate the beloved film using only their cell phone cameras. Quibi will show the film, chapter by chapter for the next few weeks. 

Jason Reitman, came up with the idea back in March. The project is actually a fundraiser for the World Central Kitchen, an organization helping thousands of restaurants stay open “by paying them to provide meals to the needy.”

“The week that the stay-at-home order came through in California, I just woke up one of the first mornings, I think like most people did, feeling as though, All right, I need to be able to do something of value. I just thought, Can we remake an entire movie at home? And I had seen that a fan-made Star Wars had been done. I just started reaching out to actors I knew, saying, ‘Is this something you’d want to do?’ And the response was kind of immediate and fast. It was like, ‘Oh—that sounds like fun.’” – Jason Reitman, Vanity Fair

The Princess Bride, OG film director Rob Reiner gave his blessing to the project. He is also involved, playing the grandfather reading the story to his sick grandson, played by Josh Gad. The film also got blessings from Norman Lear who controls the rights to the film, the estate of William Goldman who wrote the book, and Mark Knopfhler, composer of the film’s score.

THE CAST

So who’s in the film. Lots of people.  Common, Tiffany Haddish, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner, Sam Rockwell, Leslie Bibb, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Chris Pine, and Annabelle Wallis. Also Joe Jones, Sophie Turner, Lucas Hedges, Jenna Ortega, David Oyelowo, Jack Black, Diego Luna, and Patton Oswalt. There’s also Keegan Michael Key, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Beanie Feldstein, Dave Bautista, Dennis Haysbert, Taika Waititi and David Spade. And we can’t forget Jon Hamm, Stephen Merchant, Mackenzie Davis, Nicholas Braun, Robert Wuhl, Don Johnson and Ari Graynor. Oh yeah, and Thomas Lennon, Brandon Routh, Courtney Ford, Zoey Deutch, Zazie Beetz, Rainn Wilson, Pedro Pascal, and Jason Segel.  And many more!

Whew! Sound interesting?  It certainly does to me. This is going to be great! Vanity Fair released a few videos on the Vanity Fair Twitter account. You want watch those previews. See below. 

The first installment of the homemade The Princess Bride remake airs on Quibi this Monday, that’s tomorrow, June 29. 

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