LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – Locked up at home with the children? Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cate Blanchett can help.
Taika Waititi, the Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker, brought together some of his Hollywood friends via video link from their living rooms for a charity read of Roald Dahl’s classic “James and the Giant Peach”.
Waititi described himself as “an adult boy,” who has read the book to his daughters many times.
The story tells the adventures of an orphan boy in a surreal magical world inside a giant peach and Waititi says it is the perfect story for these moments of confinement.
“This crazy and wonderful story is about resilience in children, triumph over adversity, and managing a sense of isolation that couldn’t be more relevant right now,” said the director.
Waititi, director of “Jojo Rabbit” and “Thor: Ragnarok”, reads the 1961 novel by the British author as his friends join in, playing character voices and having fun.
Cynthia Erivo, Beanie Feldstein, Josh Gad, Mindy Kaling, Gordon Ramsay, Eddie Redmayne, Olivia Wilde, Ruth Wilson and Archie Yates are part of the cast.
In trailers released Monday, Chris Hemsworth boasts of his “charm” to his skeptical brother, Liam of “The Hunger Games”, in what is touted as their first performance together.
Streep’s funny voices are among the highlights, prompting a Cumberbatch laugh.
The novel will be read in 10 installments, with the first two available starting Monday on Roald Dahl’s YouTube channel. The funds raised will go to Partners in Health, a maternal care charity in Sierra Leone. (Report by Peter Graff; Edited in Spanish by Lucila Sigal)
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