Director Robert Zemeckis (Forest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future trilogy) is set to helm a new adaptation of Roald Dahl novel The Witches, and he’s got an Oscar-winning actress to lead.
Anne Hathaway will be starring in the Warner Bros. adaptation, signing on to play the Grand High Witch. Angelica Huston memorably took on the role in the 1990 film directed by Nicolas Roeg (Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth).
Zemeckis is also on board as co-writer, writing the script alongside Jack Thorne (Wonder). There’s quite the team behind this one: on the producing team is Zemeckis, Thorne, as well as renowned filmmakers Alfonso Cuaron (Roma, Gravity) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water).
Dahl’s story is set partly in Norway and partly in the UK in a world where child-hating witches exist around the world. We follow a young British boy who finds out about an evil plan being organised by the powerful Grand High Witch.
Hathaway has a lot on the horizon. She’ll next be seen alongside Matthew McConaughey in the thriller Serenity and then alongside Rebel Wilson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake The Hustle. Hathaway’s other upcoming projects include crime-drama The Last Thing He Wanted, with Ben Affleck and Willem Dafoe; a sci-fi thriller titled O2; a part in anthology romantic comedy series Modern Love; and a starring role in a still-untitled Sesame Street movie.
Zemeckis’ latest film, Steve Carell-starring Welcome to Marwen, opened in the US on December 21 and arrives in Australia on January 31.
As a Witches refresher, check out the trailer for the disturbing-for-kids 1990 film, which also starred Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson, and Jasen Fisher: