Variety revealed not too long ago that Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway was mulling over roles in Sesame Street film and Robert Zemeckis’ remake of the 1990 film The Witches, based on the novel by Roald Dahl. The outlet has now confirmed that Anne has closed her deal and will indeed be playing The Grand High Witch in the reimaging.
Earlier this month, HN Entertainment exclusively revealed that fellow Oscar-winner Viola Davis was being eyed for the grandmother role, as they’ll be looking at black actresses to fill that role since the male lead is expected to be played by a young black actor.
The Witches is set in Alabama during the year of 1969, a big switch-up from the original film that was set in the United Kingdom. Director Robert Zemeckis had recently confirmed these plot details I previously revealed over at OmegaUnderground in a recent interview with French outlet Allocine.
Production is expected to begin this April in the United Kingdom with secondary locations taking place in the United States, possibly in the states of Alabama (where the film is set) or Georgia.
There should be more casting announcements named within the next couple months as casting has been underway for a while now.
Warner Bros. has yet to reveal an official release date for The Witches.
Below is the trailer and synopsis for the original 1990 version of the film.
While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother, Helga (Mai Zetterling), young Luke (Jasen Fisher) inadvertently spies on a convention of witches. The Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) reveals a plan to turn all children into mice through a magical formula. When they find that Luke has overheard, the witches test the formula on him. Now, with the help of Helga and the hotel manager, Mr. Stringer (Rowan Atkinson), Luke the mouse must fight back against the witches.