Quibi will reportedly start streaming a filmed-at-home remake of the ’80s classic The Princess Bride with Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner in starring roles — though perhaps not the specific roles you might expect. Jonas will play the role of Princess Buttercup, while Turner plays Westley.
The entire film, directed by Jason Reitman, was shot at home, with various cast members using their phones to capture their performances. The ensemble includes Common, Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Chris Pine, and Annabelle Wallis. Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner, Elijah Wood, Jon Hamm, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Jenna Ortega, Jack Black, David Oyelowo, Keegan-Michael Key, Patton Oswalt, Josh Gad, Andy Serkis, Diego Luna, Taika Waititi, and Zazie Beetz are also set to appear. The cast members will apparently trade roles throughout the film, so you’ll likely see more than one person portraying different characters.
Rob Reiner, who directed the original classic, will take on Peter Falk’s role as “the Grandfather.” Meanwhile, “the Grandson” role, which was originally played by Fred Savage will now be played… by Fred Savage.
And Quibi will be donating $1 million in the project’s name to chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, which supplies meals to many affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
While longtime fans might have initially balked at the notion of remaking a beloved film, the clearly DIY nature of this remake (the Rodent of Unusual Size will be played by a corgi) and charitable cause might be enough for skeptics to give it a shot. The film is set to debut on Quibi on June 29, with chapters set to release daily for two weeks. Quibi shared a quick look at the film via Twitter this weekend.
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