Donors gain access to cast script reading Sunday evening.
The cast of the cinematic cult classic “The Princess Bride” is reuniting Sunday for a full script reading of the comedic love story to raise money for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Inconceivable? No really. It is happening.
The announcement earlier this week has created a bit of hysteria on social media, with hashtags #dumpTrumperdinck and #asyouwish popping up across the twitterverse.
The event is available for anyone to watch, so long as they make a donation of any amount to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Once the donation is received, a link to the reading will be sent to donors. The live cast reading begins at 6 p.m CDT.
The fundraiser will bring together the original cast, including Cary Elwes as Westly, Robin Wright as Buttercup, Carol Kane as Valerie, Christopher Guest as Count Rugen, Chris Sarandon as Prince Humperdinck, Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, Wallace Shawn as Vizzini, and Billy Crystal as Miracle Max. Patton Oswalt will moderate a Q&A session afterward.
Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, Jason Reitman, and Josh Gad are among the guests joining the original cast members for the script reading.
Rob Reiner, who directed the 1987 movie, will guest star as the grandfather. Norman Lear, the film’s executive producer, will join the question-and-answer session after the script reading.
Ben Wikler, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, is playing up the film’s punch lines, with an election-season twist.
“Join us! Just think—you can say to Trump: “Hello. My name is Rafael Cruz. You insulted my father. Prepare to lose,” tweeted Wikler Saturday.
The news of the fundraiser has been a bit of a downer for one Princess Bride fan.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who says The Princess Bride is his favorite movie, expressed regret the cast was getting involved in politics.
“Do you hear that Fezzik? That is the sound of ultimate suffering,” tweeted Cruz Saturday. “My heart made that sound when the six-fingered man killed my father. Every Princess Bride fan who wants to see that perfect movie preserved from Hollywood politics makes it now.”
Elwes wasted no time responding as Westly, telling Cruz via Twitter, “If only you left the fireswamp you could join us.”
For those making a political statement through their movie prose, the fundraiser and cast reunion is an event they are looking forward to. Eric Idle, who will play Peter Cook, described it as a “fun fundraising event” that “you may not want to miss.”
“Altogether now,” tweeted Idle. “‘Mawwiage.”