Taika Waititi gets celebrity friends to read James and the Giant Peach

Taika Waititi has persuaded some of this celebrity friends to take part in a special online reading of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.

The book is being read in 10 installments with readers including Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Reynolds, Sarah Paulson and Chris Hemsworth.

The readings are available on the official Roald Dahl YouTube channel, with the first two installments available today (May 18).

The first episode features brothers Chris and Liam Hemsworth alongside Nick Kroll. Episode two’s readers are Meryl Streep and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The remaining installments will be released Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. PST/6 p.m. BST.

Other readers over the course of the series include Jamie Cullum, Roman Griffin Davis, Cara Delevingne, Cynthia Erivo, Beanie Feldstein, Josh Gad, Mindy Kaling, Kumail Nanjiani, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Billy Porter, Gordon Ramsay, Eddie Redmayne, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Schwartz,  Tessa Thompson, Olivia Wilde, Ruth Wilson and Archie Yates.

The reading will raise funds for Partners In Health, a global health charity founded by Roald Dahl’s daughter, Ophelia Dahl, which is dedicated to fighting Covid-19 and supporting public health systems in the most vulnerable parts of the world.

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