Princess Bride gets star-studded lockdown remake with Hugh Jackman
Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman has arranged for a squad of big stars to produce a homemade remake of The Princess Bride, while in lockdown.
The fantasy favourite was released way back in 1987 and features Stranger Things' Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Homeland's Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant.
It follows the farmhand Westley as he traverses the mythical kingdom of Florin to rescue his one true love.
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In conversation with Vanity Fair, Reitman explained: "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.'"
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X-Men icon Hugh Jackman (who worked with Reitman on The Front Runner) is onboard this one, as is the likes of Jack Black, Taika Waititi, Josh Gad, Andy Serkis, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka, plus Elijah Wood, Diego Luna and Jon Hamm.
A Hollywood dream team if there ever was one. Watch a few preview clips below:
Calling all #ThePrincessBride fans: Hollywood A-listers—including Sophie Turner, Hugh Jackman, Tiffany Haddish, Joe Jonas, Jennifer Garner, and (many) more—have spent quarantine secretly making a homemade version of the classic film to benefit the World Central Kitchen. At the link in bio, filmmaker @JasonReitman reveals how the project came together—and debuts more must-see footage.
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Meanwhile, the filmmaker admitted that he wasn't involved in a directing capacity, sharing: "I go through the original scene and get a frame of each still that they need to do, and I send them those to create a version of storyboards.
"I send them the sides from the original script, and I give them a small list of props and wardrobe and location."
The remake is all in aid of charity World Central Kitchen and will be released over the course of two weeks on streaming service Quibi, starting from Monday, June 29.
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