Taika Waititi to Host Celebrity Filled ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Read-Along. This morning, Taika Waititi & friends, began a 10-episode journey to read through James and the Giant Peach in partnership with Roald Dahl Story Company to raise funds for Partners in Health.
Partners in Health is a social justice organization driven by the uncompromising belief that everyone, especially those most in need, deserves the right to health care, according to the PIH website.
“Partners In Health treats patients and trains the next generation of local health care workers in some of the most remote and marginalized communities around the world. We then use what we’ve learned at the grassroots level to influence global health policy so that our model of innovative care can be replicated all around the world. We partner with local governments and make open-ended commitments to countries to help them build strong public health systems. We don’t accept “no” for an answer, and know—emotionally and empirically—that the world’s injustices have cures.”
According to THR, Taika Waititi will host the 10-episode series of James and the Giant Peach With Taika and Friends, which will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on the Roald Dahl YouTube channel and will feature: Meryl Streep, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Reynolds, Mindy Kaling, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o, Billy Porter and Sarah Paulson, who will all read and perform the characters from the story from within 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 retell 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.”
Managing director of the Roald Dahl Story Company, Luke Kelly shared, “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.”
You can watch the first full episode in the video below and be sure to check out the Roald Dahl HQ Youtube Channel for the rest of the series and the Partners in Health site for more information about the work they do provide healthcare around the world.
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