Donald Trump’s inauguration looms ever closer on the horizon – and his impending presidency has, for many people, triggered feelings of anxiety and fear.
So, in a bid to give us “the kind of anthem we need now more than ever”, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, and Amy Adams have teamed up with their A-list pals for a rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s hit tune, I Will Survive.
From Felicity Jones to Dev Patel, Matthew McConaughey to Michelle Williams, the all-star cast give the song their all – and, while none of them mention the President-elect by name in their “dramatic interpretation” of the 70s power ballad, the sentiment behind the video is clear.
“This is going to be interesting,” says actor Andrew Garfield, just before the song starts. “It may get too real.”
You can watch the resulting video for yourself below:
The star-studded line-up of actors are clearly having a lot of fun in the video – alternatively reading the lyrics in monotone, with theatrical feeling or singing in true retro power ballad style.
But the performance also carries with it a more serious undertone.
Trump’s controversial election campaign took aim at many minority groups; women, ‘immigrants’, and, of course, Muslims, were all targeted in his campaign slogans and promises.
And, earlier this week, current President Barack Obama called upon Americans to defend their democracy, and remember their duty to one another as citizens, during an emotionally charged farewell speech in Chicago.
“I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours,” the outgoing president said.
“I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:
“Yes We Can.
“Yes We Did.
“Yes We Can.”