A Remake Of The Princess Bride Is Coming, But It’s Not What You Expect

A new version the iconic 1987 fantasy movie The Princess Bride is being made, and it has one of the biggest celebrity casts we’ve ever seen and an unusual setup.

Juno director Jason Reitman is directing the movie, which was filmed at each actor’s home using their own mobile phone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film will be released on the nascent streaming service Quibi in chapters, the first of which will debut on June 29, according to Variety.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner–who are married in real life–are playing the lead roles, with Jonas portraying Princess Buttercup and Turner portraying Westley. The gender-swapped roles aren’t the only update for the Quibi movie, as the Rodent of Unusual Size (ROUS) will be played by a dog–a corgi, to be more specific. In other weirdness, stuffed animals and Lego figures will be used for crowd scenes.

The full cast includes, get ready for it … deep breath:

The Princess Bride 2020 Cast

  • Joe Jonas
  • Sophie Turner
  • Tiffany Haddish
  • Common
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • David Burtka
  • Chris Pine
  • Annabelle Wallis
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Elijah Wood
  • Jon Hamm
  • Beanie Feldstein
  • Lucas Hedges
  • Jenna Ortega
  • Jack Black
  • David Oyelowo
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Patton Oswalt
  • Josh Gad
  • Andy Serkis
  • Diego Luna
  • Taika Waititi
  • Zazie Beetz

Each of the actors will play different parts throughout the course of the series. Rob Reiner, who directed the original Princess Bride, will play the grandfather character who was originally portrayed the late Peter Falk. Fred Savage, who played the grandson character in the original, will reprise his role in the new one.

Quibi is producing this new Princess Bride movie in part as a charity campaign. The streaming network has made a donation of $1 million to celebrity chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen to help give food to those in need.

The director, Jason Reitman, has a history with The Princess Bride–he directed live readings of the original movie’s script. Reitman is also set to direct the new Ghostbusters movie coming in 2021.

If you’d rather watch the original Princess Bride, it’s streaming now on Disney Plus.