‘Princess Bride’ Reunion

Cast members of The Princess Bride, the classic 1987 fantasy-adventure-comedy, will reunite for a virtual script reading this Sunday, September 13, at 7 pm ET.  Cost of admission is an advance donation in any amount to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin at wisdems.org/princessbride. You’ll then receive an email with instructions on accessing the event.

Participants will include Cary Elwes (“Westley”), Robin Wright (title role), Carol Kane (“Valerie”), Chris Sarandon (“Prince Humperdinck”), Mandy Pantinkin (“Inigo Montoya”), Wallace Shawn (“Vizzini”), Christopher Guest (“Count Rugen”), Billy Crystal (“Miracle Max”), and the film’s director Rob Reiner. The cast reading will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Patton Oswalt.

Rabid fans of The Princess Bride undoubtedly already own the movie. If you’re not in that category and want to stream the original before or after the cast reading, Disney+ subscribers can access it at any time. Amazon Prime offers rentals to subscribers for $2.99 and to non-subscribers for $3.99. You can also rent it for $3.99 from AMC Theatres On Demand.

Quibi subscribers, meanwhile, can access a 10-episode “home movie” of The Princess Bride that was completed during lockdown. The short-form episodes feature such stars as Chris Pine and Common as Westley, Tiffany Haddish as Princess Buttercup, Rob Reiner as The Grandfather (originally played by the late Peter Falk) and Josh Gad as The Grandson (originally played by Fred Savage.)

Here’s a full episode, uploaded by Quibi to YouTube. It’s 14 minutes long, above the streamer’s self-imposed limit of 10 minutes, but since the series was made to benefit World Central Kitchen, we’ll excuse them. In this episode, by the way, Westley is played by Jack Black, David Spade and Jon Hamm, while Patton Oswald and King Bach play Vizzini, and Finn Wolfhard is Inigo Montoya.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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