Taika Waititi seems to continue to be in demand as always and this time he is all set to tell you a story. Waititi will lead a star-studded read-along of Roald Dahl's novel James and the Giant Peach, starting Monday morning. The effort, in conjunction with the Roald Dahl Story Company, will raise money for Partners in Health, a medical and social justice organization fighting COVID-19 and supporting public health systems in some of the most vulnerable communities around the world. Dahl's daughter Ophelia is a founder of Partners in Health.
The 10 episodes of James and the Giant Peach With Taika and Friends will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on the Roald Dahl YouTube channel and feature stars including Meryl Streep, Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Reynolds, Mindy Kaling, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong'o, Billy Porter and Sarah Paulson, among others, all reading and performing characters in the story from their homes.
"Being an adult child myself and having read James and the Giant Peach to my girls multiple times, I’m excited to be able to partner with my friends, the Dahl team and Partners in Health and re-tell this story to help those most in need right now," said Waititi. "This wacky, wonderful tale is about resilience in children, triumph over adversity and dealing with a sense of isolation which couldn't been more relevant today."
Added Luke Kelly, managing director of the Roald Dahl Story Company, "Roald Dahl’s stories are about the power and importance of kindness — and as a business we believe in enacting that ethos. That’s why we support the critical work of charities such as Partners in Health who are working on the front line in the fight against COVID-19.
“We are so delighted to be able to support this retelling of James and the Giant Peach and not only bring a moment of joy and escapism to children and families at this very tough time — but also to raise vital funds for Partners in Health. We’re incredibly grateful and excited to have Taika and so many incredible stars taking part. We can’t wait for people to see what we’ve got in store — it’s going to be absolutely GIGANTIC fun."