Collider recently revealed that Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway has been offered a leading role in the upcoming Sesame Street movie from Warner Bros. but that isn’t the only WB project she is fielding offers from. Variety is adding that she is also being offered a leading role in Robert Zemeckis’ remake of the Roald Dahl film The Witches, the remake is also at Warner Bros.
Sources close to the situation say Hathaway has not decided whether she will film the movie yet as the actress is also fielding an offer for Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches.”
We are assuming the role could be the Grand High Witch, the part played by Anjelica Huston in the original film. The villain is the leader of the Witches, who is plotting to turn the children of the world into mice.
I previously reported at OmegaUnderground that the film will be set in Alabama in the year 1969 with a young African-American lead. Quite the departure from the 1990 film that took place mostly in the United Kingdom. Here is the synopsis for the new film via OmegaUnderground.
When his parents are killed, a young boy goes to live with his feisty, loving grandma, who had a terrifying encounter with witches when she was just a girl. When Grandma realizes that the witches have returned, she flees with the Boy to the swankiest resort in the South — only to realize that they’ve wandered right into a nest of witches, headed by the Grand High Witch, who intends to transform the world’s children into mice — starting with the Boy…
Filming is said to begin this April in the United Kingdom and the United States (possibly Georgia/Lousiana).
Warner Bros. hasn’t given The Witches an official release date.