A remake of “The Princess Bride” that lives up to the charming original? Inconceivable! But a bunch of celebs hilariously recreating iconic scenes at home is exactly the comedic homage bored families needs right now, and it’s a reality thanks to Quibi’s newest series now available online.
“Home Movie: The Princess Bride” has enlisted practically every big Hollywood name for the playful project. Keegan-Michael Key, Jon Hamm, Adam Sandler, Hugh Jackman and more are expected to make appearances. An installment from director Jason Reitman’s series will drop every day for the next two weeks, with a different cast each time.
Jack Black’s take on the Dread Pirate Roberts has been making the rounds online as a preview that would feel absurd, if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. With a plastic lightsaber in lieu of a sword, Black squats in his backyard and banters with Diego Luna — giving an incredibly faithful performance as Inigo Montoya — wielding an umbrella for their duel.
Not all actors are filming their scenes separately. Tiffany Haddish and Common share a romantic goodbye as the movie’s loving couple, which reminded some viewers that the pair were in isolation together.
Sophie Turner also takes a stab at playing The Man In Black, swapping gender roles with her husband Joe Jonas as Buttercup (who owns a foul mouth in his version, be warned) and their pet corgi as a rodent menace.
The series is a welcome sight for those sick of re-watching the same Netflix offerings for the last three months. And if proof that celebrities can make a cringe-free quarantine group project isn’t enough for a die-hard fan of the classic film, the home movie has a worthy cause: Reitman told Vanity Fair that the series was created to raise money for the World Central Kitchen Charity, which helps restaurants most affected by the pandemic stay in business.