Sterling K. Brown, Uzo Aduba, and more Black actors will star in a Friends episode tonight on Zoom.
Hosted by Gabrielle Union, the event will see Brown star as Ross and his wife and fellow actor, Ryan Michelle Bathe, as Rachel. Aduba will play Phoebe, while Insecure‘s Kendrick Sampson will take on Joey. Rounding out the cast are 9-1-1‘s Aisha Hinds as Monica and Hollywood‘s Jeremy Pope as Chandler. As for directing, that role goes to Dear White People‘s Salli Richardson-Whitfield.
The show is hosted by Zoom Where It Happens, which mobilizes voters and amplifies voting rights. Earlier this month, the initiative hosted a reimagining of The Golden Girls featuring a Black cast; Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Sanaa Lathan, and Alfre Woodard starred in the leading roles.
As Variety pointed out, this isn’t the first time a new take on Friends has starred Black actors. In his 2017 “Moonlight” music video, Jay-Z staged his own remake of the hit ’90s sitcom starring Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Tessa Thompson, LaKeith Stanfield, Jerrod Carmichael, and Lil Rel Howery.
Some of the stars of the original Friends—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow—just reunited for a sweet skit at the Emmy Awards on Sunday. The full cast—including David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry—are expected to reunite for the highly anticipated reunion special on HBO Max, whose production began earlier this year but has been delayed indefinitely due to coronavirus lockdowns.
In the meantime, though, we’ll be watching tonight’s table read.
From Harper’s Bazaar US