Joined by fellow actors; Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are set to reunite for a live reading of the 1980s hit film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High on August 21. In support of Core, a non-profit organization founded by actor Sean Penn, who played Jeff Spicoli in the American coming-of-age teen dramedy, the table read will raise money for Core’s Covid-19 relief campaign.
Presented by American comedian Dane Cook, best known for comedy albums such as Retaliation, and Vicious Circle, the event will be streamed on the Core Facebook Page and Tik Tok Account this Saturday at 8pm EST (4am GST). Unrehearsed and screened live, it intends to provide audiences with an evening of laughter, roping in performances by the likes of other A-listers such as Jimmy Kimmel and Shia LaBeouf. “I’m always game for a giggle,” said Sean Penn in a statement regarding the event. “To gather remotely with so many talented folks while providing Core with much-needed resources to continue our vital work – consider us fully onboard to play!”
Directed by Amy Heckerling, Fast Times at Ridgemont High is an adaptation of Cameron Crowe’s 1981 book of the same name. Inspired by Crowe’s undercover experiences at Clairemont High School in San Diego, the film chronicles a school year in the lives of sophomores, Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner, and their friends, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone. Played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Backer, Phoebe Cates, and Robert Romanus respectively, the film also includes a number of early appearances by actors who gained notoriety in later years, including Forest Whitaker, Nicolas Cage, and Sean Penn. Having been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2005, the film is noted as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”