Friday’s Jason Reitman and Film Independent live-reading of Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters from director Olivia Wilde has put together a star-studded cast.
As announced by Wilde on Twitter over the last two days, actors participating in the event will include Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Uma Thurman, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph, and Salman Rushdie.
Thurman and Byrne will play Hannah’s sisters, Holly and Lee, originally brought to life onscreen, respectively, by Dianne Wiest (who won an Oscar for her role), and Barbara Hershey. Sheen will star as Hannah’s husband, a part first played by Caine (who also won an Oscar), with Rudolph filling the shoes of Carrie Fisher and Rushdie taking on Max von Sydow’s character, whose in a relationship with Byrne’s Lee.
Cannavale will play Hannah’s ex-husband, a role Allen starred in for the Oscar-winning film. Casting for the role of Hannah herself, portrayed in the movie version by Mia Farrow, has not been announced. Wilde teased on Twitter that more actors would be announced on Thursday.
Released in 1986, Hannah and Her Sisters was Allen’s biggest box office hit ever to that point, grossing $40 million at the box office. It was unseated from his top position by 2011’s Midnight in Paris.
Film Independent’s Live Read series has only happened one other time in New York, in 2012 when Reitman did a live-reading of The Apartment.
“I’m a huge fan of what Elvis [Mitchell, Film Independent curator] and Jason have done with the Live Read in L.A.,” said Wilde in a statement. “I look forward to bringing the concept to New York and inviting our incredible community of actors to participate in the fun.”
The Live Read for Hannah and Her Sisters takes place Friday at The Times Center in Manhattan.