Pete Davidson is tackling Christmas canon: George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
In a casting move that’s sure to unhinge many a classic film purist, the tatted up “Saturday Night Live” star is set to take on the wholesome role made famous by screen icon Jimmy Stewart in Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday mainstay.
Davidson, 27, will be joined the by his “King of Staten Island” co-star Maude Apatow (“Euphoria”), the 22-year-old actress daughter of comedy filmmaker Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann.
Apatow is set to portray the character of Violet Bick, the role originated by Gloria Graham, in Ed Asner’s one-night-only live virtual table read of the beloved script set to livestream at 5 p.m. PT and 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 13, Deadline reports.
The young duo headlines a veteran all-star cast featuring Mia Farrow, Ellie Kemper, Bill Pullman, Richard Kind, Carol Kane, Ed Begley Jr., Diedrich Bader, B.D. Wong, Michael Shannon “and special surprise guests.”
Proceeds will benefit the non-profit Ed Asner Family Center, which is dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs for special needs children and their families. Advance tickets are available for $50 to $250 at EdAsnerFamilyCenter.org.
“We are so thrilled to have Pete reenact the role of George in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with his talented wit and clever vocalizations. And we look forward to having Maude join the cast as Violet with her creative flair,” said Matthew Asner, co-founder of the Ed Asner Family Center, in a statement. “Please join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to snuggle up on your couch and experience this all-star cast virtual table read from the comfort of your own home … It will be a very meaningful night!”
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