Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 1 December 2020

'Fast Times at Ridgemont High': Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston to reunite for Covid-19 relief performance

They will be joined by Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman and Matthew McConaughey for the live reading of the 1980s film

Both Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston won awards at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2020. EPA 
Both Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston won awards at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2020. EPA 

To raise money for a Covid-19 relief charity, a flock of very famous names are coming together for a live reading of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the popular 1982 teen romantic comedy.

The table read has been organised to benefit Core, a non-profit founded by American actor Sean Penn, who starred in the original 1980s movie.

Ex-husband and wife Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston will come together for the reading, and will be joined by a host of A-list names, including Morgan Freeman, Henry Golding, Jimmy Kimmel, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey and Julia Roberts, along with Penn; it will be presented by American comedian Dane Cook.

The event will be unrehearsed and read live, streamed on the Core Facebook page and TikTok account at 8pm ET on Friday, August 21 (4am GST on Saturday, August 22).

"On behalf of our dedicated team at Core, I’m so appreciative of the support Dane has given and continues to give to our work,” said Penn in a press release.

“I’m always game for a giggle. So to gather remotely for a night of laughs with so many talented folks while providing Core with much-needed resources to continue our vital work – then consider us fully onboard to play!"

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is the story of a group of southern Californian high school students, who are learning to navigate the realities of growing up.

The original film starred Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Judge Reinhold. Penn starred as the carefree Jeff Spicoli, but he has not confirmed which role he will take in the performance. However, he has said he is "very confident in the new guy" taking on the role.

Core was originally founded by Penn in 2010 in response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In March 2020, the organisation started working in Covid-19 relief, administering free tests in the USA.

Updated: August 18, 2020 06:14 PM

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