Actress Anne Hathaway is set to star in the remake of early 90’s film, “The Witches.”
Hathaway will be portraying the role made famous by Anjelica Houston. Houston famously terrified kids with her frightening performance as the film’s main antagonist.
Variety reports that Hathaway was deciding between The Witches and a Sesame Street film and scheduling conflicts cleared up, allowing her to sign on for Warner Bros’ remake, which will be directed by Robert Zemeckis (who will also write the script) and produced by horror masters Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro.
The 1990 film is a loose adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book, which follows a young English boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who encounter a conference full of square-footed, wig-wearing witches at their hotel during a seaside vacation (petition to cast literally every drag queen as extras in the remake). Hathaway will play the Grand High Witch, a masked monster who plans to transform the children of England into mice with magically spiked candy. “Sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material,” says Variety. Check out the trailer for the original film below: