Watch Taika Waititi read Roald Dahl for a new charity event

Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi joins and a host of other high profile celebrities have teamed up with the Roald Dahl Company to take part in a ten part reading of the beloved classic James and the Giant Peach. 

The star-studded event is set to include the likes of the Hemsworth brothers, Ryan Reynolds, Mindy Kaling, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Benedict Cumberbatch in an effort to raise money for charities assisting those impacted by coronavirus.

Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is joined by a list of A-list celebrities to read Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach for charity.

The acclaimed Jojo Rabbit director launched the ten-part series with a video that was released to Youtube on Monday.

This is not the first time Waititi has delved into the world of Roald Dahl, as he was set to direct a two-part Charlie and the Chocolate Factory series for Netflix earlier this year.

Waititi will play the role of the narrator in the upcoming series, while various actors will play different characters. The first episode features the Hemsworth brothers playing Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, with Streep and Cumberbatch set to take on the roles of the evil aunties in the second instalment.

The series intends to raise money for charities assisting the global effort against COVID 19. These include non-profit organisation Partners in Health, who are aiding relief efforts in some of the world’s most vulnerable places, and the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity who endeavour to provide specialist nurses for ill children.

The Roald Dahl Story Company has pledged to match donations up to the amount of $1m.

The next instalments of James and the Giant Peach, will be released on the Roald Dahl YouTube channel on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In case you missed it, watch the first episode here: