HN Entertainment has exclusively learned that Warner Bros. and director Robert Zemeckis are interested in Oscar-winner Viola Davis (Suicide Squad, Widows) for the role of the grandmother in their upcoming remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.
Previously, Variety had mentioned that fellow Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway was considering an offer for an unnamed role in the film.
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 can now report the studio has offered her role of The Grand High Witch (remains to be seen if she’ll accept that offer). The main villain role was played by Anjelica Huston in the original 1990 film.
Filming is expected to begin this April in London with secondary filming locations possibly in Georgia/Alabama.
The film is set in Alabama during the year of 1969, a big switch-up from the original film that was set in the United Kingdom. Also, the young male lead will be played by an African-American actor explaining why Viola Davis would be wanted to play the grandmother role.
Director Robert Zemeckis had recently confirmed these plot details I previously revealed over at OmegaUnderground in a recent interview with French outlet Allocine.
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.
SOURCE: HN ENTERTAINMENT