Sterling K. Brown to Play Ross in ‘Friends’ Reinvention with All-Black Cast


Gabrielle Union and Sterling K. Brown will be there for you – even if it only means online.

The two team up with fellow actors Ryan Bathe, Uzo Aduba, Aisha Hinds, Kendrick Sampson and Jeremy Pope to do an all-black rendition of the classic NBC show “Friends.”

Phoebe will be played by Aduba, while Bathe will play Rachel and Hinds will play Monica. “This Is Us” star Brown will play Ross while Sampson will be Joey and Pope will fill the role of Chandler. The Union will serve as the host.

Uzo Aduba, Sterling K. Brown and Gabrielle Union team up with other big names to make an all-black take on NBC’s classic “Friends” show.Getty Images

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They’ll tackle the 1996 episode “The One Where Nobody’s Ready” – a season three classic that features the main characters preparing (obviously unsuccessfully) to attend a function at the museum. Ross. The hummus is knocked over, Joey couldn’t wear any more clothes, and Rachel can’t choose a dress and finally puts on some sweatpants – a real quarantine mood, if you ask us.

The production, which will take place Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST, is free but requires registration.

Joey (Matt LeBlanc) took revenge on Chandler’s (Matthew Perry) wardrobe by wearing all of Chandler’s clothes – at once – while “squading” in the episode.NBC via Getty Images

The episode “Friends” is the second installment of “Zoom Where It Happens”, a live tabletop reading series presented by black female artists with the goal of mobilizing voters.

This week’s performance aims to connect viewers with When We All Vote, a non-partisan voting initiative founded by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

The first episode starred Tracee Ellis Ross, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard and Regina King doing a recreation of a classic episode of “The Golden Girls”.

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This episode – a chart read from the 1986 episode aptly titled “Grippe Attack” – was meant to raise awareness about the 2020 census and connect people to the civil rights organization Color of Change.

Ross played Rose, Lathan portrayed Blanche, King was Dorothy, and Woodard played Dorothy’s mother Sophia. Director and actress Lena Waithe hosted the event, telling stage clues and occasionally playing minor roles, while “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams played all male characters.

The ‘Zoom Where It Happens’ series will continue with a rotating cast of actors every Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST until Election Day.


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