The cast of the hit political drama The West Wing will be reuniting to help encourage people to vote in the upcoming US election.
More than 14 years after it was last on our screens, the stars of the series will be recreating an episode from the show’s third season.
The announcement followed the release of EW magazine’s 30th anniversary issue, which featured the show’s stars on its cover.
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will air later this year and will be a theatrical staging of the Hartsfield’s Landing episode.
Airing in 2002, the episode centred on the fictitious small town of Hartsfield’s Landing, the site of the first presidential primary vote, at a crucial moment for President Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet (Martin Sheen).
The stars of the episode, including Sheen, Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff and Bradley Whitford will reprise their roles.
Series creator Aaron Sorkin will also write original material for the event, which will be filmed at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles in early October.
He will also executive produce with Thomas Schlamme and Casey Patterson, while Schlamme, who directed over a dozen episodes of and executive produced the original series, will direct the special.
The special will also raise awareness for When We All Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit organisation which is co-chaired by Michelle Obama and was founded to increase participation in American elections.
“Tommy and I are incredibly excited to be getting ‘The West Wing’ cast back together for this staged reading and to support When We All Vote in their efforts to get all of us involved in this election,” Sorkin said.
The show will also feature guest appearances, including a special message from Obama, among others.
It is set to air on HBO in the United States, meaning it will likely be available locally through Foxtel.
Over the eight years it aired, The West Wing became a critical success and won 27 Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.