Prepare for some more '90s nostalgia. The Witches—the 1990 adaption of the beloved Roald Dahl book, starring the equally beloved Anjelica Huston—is slated for a remake. Below, everything we know so far about the upcoming movie.
The first trailer and preview photos have landed.
At long last, fans are getting a look at Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and more in character. The short preview also sets up the familiar story: witches are real, they hate children, and are not above turning said children into mice. Watch the trailer in full above, and check out the photos below.
Octavia Spencer has signed on to the production.
The Witches follows a young boy who meets witches while staying with his grandmother—and it looks like Spencer is set to play that grandmother. Variety first reported the news about Spencer, and threw in another juicy tidbit: Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will co-write the script with director Robert Zemeckis.
Anne Hathway will play the lead role.
Hathaway (the subject of our current cover story!) is signed on for the part of the Grand High Witch. Variety previously reported that she was tentatively attached to both The Witches and a Sesame Street movie, which had overlapping production timelines—but it seems that things were rearranged to accommodate Hathaway's schedule.
Hathaway is no stranger to magical roles. Early in her career, she played the titular character in the adaptation of the children's book Ella Enchanted; in more recent years, she had a turn as the White Queen in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
Robert Zemeckis, of Forrest Gump and Back to the Future fame, will direct.
Zemeckis reportedly wants to take the film in a different direction than its 1990 predecessor. Per Variety, the original was a "loose adaptation," and the new movie will be "more rooted in the original source material." As he's also set to write the script, Zemeckis will have full control over the contours of the plot.
There are some superstar producers in the mix.
Alongside Zemeckis's partner at ImageMovers, Jack Rapke, two Hollywood darlings will be involved in the production: Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro.
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