‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Getting a Reboot with Sean Penn
Calling all Fast Times at Ridgemont High fans, the 80's are back. The most popular movie of the summer of 1982 is back for the summer of 2020, so that makes it "our time" Mr. Hand.
As part of the fundraiser, a huge A-list cast is stepping up to take part in the reboot of the iconic film. Sean Penn's nonprofit CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) announced live virtual table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The big event will take place on August 20th at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT on CORE's Facebook page as well as TikTok. The fundraiser will benefit relief efforts amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with proceeds going toward CORE and REFORM Alliance.
Penn, who is now 59, will be part of of the read, but won't say which role he will be playing. He has only confirmed he won't be reprising his iconic roll of Jeff Spicoli. He'll be joined by such stars as Dane Cook, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Morgan Freeman, Henry Golding, and Shia LaBeouf. There is no word yet on which roles each of the stars will be taking on.
The event will be part of Dane Cook's "Feelin' A-Live" fundraiser, and aims to benefit the emergency relief nonprofit CORE, co-founded by Penn and CEO Ann Lee. They're currently working to aid the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Penn is passionate about the event and the cause saying, “On behalf of our dedicated team at CORE, I’m so appreciative of the support Dane has given and continues to give to our work,” he said Penn in a press release. “I’m always game for a giggle. So to gather remotely for a night of laughs with so many talented folks while providing CORE with much-needed resources to continue our vital work — then consider us fully onboard to play!”
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which was directed by Amy Heckerling and Cameron Crowe, celebrated its 38th anniversary this month. As someone who was right in the thick of high school when it debuted, it's like watching a movie filled with memories. We all knew those characters...a Mike Damone, a Stacy Hamilton, definitely a Mr. Hand, and even a Spicoli. It should be interesting to see who brings those 'blasts from the past" back to life this time around.