Pete Davidson will lead an all-star cast in a virtual table read of the 1946 classic Christmas film It’s A Wonderful Life
Pete Davidson will be getting into the holiday spirit soon.
The comedian is set to lead an all-star cast for a virtual table read of the Christmas fantasy drama It’s a Wonderful Life, originally released in 1946.
The special is set to broadcast on December 13 at 5:00 PM PT with all proceeds from the table read set to benefit The Ed Asner Family Center, which aims to enrich the lives of children with special needs and their families, according to Deadline.
Christmas spirit: Pete Davidson is set to lead a virtual table read of the holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life; the actor is seen in March
Filling his shoes: The Big Time Adolescence actor is set to portray George Bailey, who was portrayed by James Stewart in the 1946 film
Also slated to appear in the read are Maude Apatow, Ed Asner, Ellie Kemper, Mia Farrow, and B.D Wong, among others.
The event will be hosted by Tom Bergeron, while Everybody Hates Chris director Victor Nelli will be helming the read itself.
During the virtual gala, Norman Lear will also be presenting an award to Sony Pictures Television president Jeffrey Frost to honor his contributions to inclusivity in Hollywood.
Matthew Asner, CEO of The Ed Asner Family Center, stated that ‘It will be a very meaningful night!’
Making waves: The original film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture
A good cause: The read is meant as a benefit for The Ed Asner Family Center, which helps the families of children with special needs; the actor is seen in January
The original Frank Capra-directed film was based off of the 1943 Phillip Van Doren Stern short story The Greatest Gift, and it was a generally faithful reproduction of the source material.
While it was not a critical success upon its original release, it was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The film was subsequently recognized as one of the greatest American films ever made by multiple outlets.
Davidson is set to portray George Bailey, a down-on-his-luck businessman who is visited by a guardian angel and given the chance to see what the lives of the people around him would look like without him.
The lead role was originally played by James Stewart, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Apatow will star as Violet Bick, a potential love interest who shows up during Bailey’s educational experience.
The Saturday Night Live alum and Apatow previously starred together in the 2019 semi-autobiographical film The King of Staten Island, which the actress’ father Judd directed, produced, and co-wrote.
The rest of the roles have not been announced as of yet.
Former costars: Apatow previously featured alongside Davidson in the 2019 film The King of Staten Island; seen in a scene with Kelly (Alexis Rae Forlenza) and Harold (Luke David Blumm)