Last month, Anne Hathaway signed on to play the Grand High Witch in director Robert Zemeckis‘ The Witches, a new adaptation of the 1983 Roald Dahl novel that was originally adapted by director Nicolas Roeg back in 1990. We’ve learned today, thanks to Variety, that Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) will star alongside Hathaway.
The site adds that Jahzir Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick are also in talks. They note, “Spencer will play the grandmother of Bruno’s character, and Eastick is portraying the other boy who has a run in with the Witches.”
The film will be set in the Gothic South in the 1960s.
Based on the 1973 novel, the 1990 film follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material.
Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron are on board to produce, with Kenya Barris (“Black-ish”) co-writing the script with Zemeckis.
The Witches will put a spell on audiences on October 16, 2020.