By chance, a staffer with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin was a childhood friend of Cary Elwes, who plays masked (“They’re terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.”) swashbuckling hero Westley. Elwes jumped on the idea when approached about it and began recruiting the rest of the cast, Wikler said Saturday.
Other original cast members billed as part of the performance include Robin Wright (Princess Buttercup), Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdink), Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Billy Crystal (Miracle Max) and Carol Kane (Valerie).
Both Elwes and film director Rob Reiner, who is also billed to make an appearance, are “very concerned about another four years of Donald Trump and they know Wisconsin is the key to the election,” Wikler said.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is working hand-in-six-fingered-glove with the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris campaign, and to elect Democrats up and down the ticket to turn the state blue, Wikler said.
The reunion will feature a livestreamed script reading by most of the original cast of the movie, and the appearance of a special guest followed by a Q&A moderated by Oswalt.
Wisconsin Democrats are asking for donations in any amount above $1 in exchange for access to the exclusive livestream. Funds raised will go toward Wisconsin Democratic Party infrastructure, including continued hires throughout the election season, digital ad buys and other means to support the party through the November election.