Jack Gleeson and Natalie Dormer were confirmed as cast as Westley and Princess Buttercup yesterday in the remake, set to be directed by Fred Savage. It will be Savage’s first time behind the camera on a major motion picture. But at least he is familiar with the material, having played “The Grandson” in the original.
Denzel Washington has been cast as Inigo Montoya, the swash-buckling swordsman searching the world over for the six-fingered man who murdered his father. Former NBA star Yao Ming has been cast as Fezzik, the friendly, rhyming giant.
“The irresistible spark seen onscreen between Jack and Natalie in the HBO show, ‘Game of Thrones’ will no doubt be visible and likely even flourish more under the astute direction of Fred Savage” a press release issued by Sony said.
Thomas Middleditch has signed on to play Miracle Max, and Kaley Cuoco has been cast as his long-suffering wife, Valerie. Stephen Root has been cast to play the brilliant kidnapper Vizzini. Nick Offerman will play the role of Prince Humperdinck.
Filming is set to begin next month, with a tentative release date of Christmas 2017. “With little to no movie competition set for December 2017, we have no doubt this movie will perform just great the box office,” Sony said.
Savage said that the studio has been “harassing me, like, literally, harassing me” about directing a remake for years. He said he hoped his TV show, “The Grinder” would serve as the perfect excuse to beg out of involvement in the movie. “But the damn critics saw to it that I now have a hell of a lot of extra time on my hands, and a family to take care of. Inconceivable.”