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Celebrities read book online for charity initiative

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi has invited some of his Hollywood friends confined by the coronavirus by video call to read Roald Dahl’s classic “James and the Giant Peach” in his living room for a charity initiative.

Waititi, director of “Jojo Rabbit” and “Thor: Ragnarok”, reads the British author’s 1961 children’s book while Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett participate in voicing characters and having fun.

Cynthia Erivo, Beanie Feldstein, Josh Gad, Mindy Kaling, Gordon Ramsay, Eddie Redmayne, Olivia Wilde, Ruth Wilson and Archie Yates are some of the other participants.

The novel will be read in 10 episodes, and the first two are available on Roald Dahl’s YouTube channel. The funds raised will go to Partners In Health, a Sierra Leone maternal health charity.

The book deals with the adventures of an orphan in a surreal magical world within a giant peach, and Waititi says it is the perfect story for times of confinement.

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