Anne Hathaway Will Star As Grand High Witch In The Witches Remake

When The Witches was released back in 1990, Anne Hathaway was seven. Pretty much the perfect age to be introduced to the terrifying film which was based on the children's novel by Roald Dahl.

Fast-forward to 2019 and the actress will be taking on the role of the Grand High Witch herself in the upcoming adaptation.

According to Variety, Hathaway was holding the offer for both that and Sesame Street, and at the time, scheduling for both films was holding up the deal-making process.

With an arrangement now reportedly reached, Hathaway will follow in the footsteps of Anjelica Huston to star in the role.

Robert Zemeckis, who directed the Back To The Future franchise and Forrest Gump, will be directing the film and when he spoke to Allocine, he said: "We're going to set it in the Gothic South in the 1960s and that's an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of traditional witch story. So it's kind of an exciting idea."

The original 1990 film The Witches. Credit: The Witches/Warner Bros.
The original 1990 film The Witches. Credit: The Witches/Warner Bros.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who stumbles upon a coven of child-hating witches he must stop - even though he has been turned into a mouse.

We can't wait to be frightened to actual death all over again... I mean, wasn't just the one film enough to last a lifetime? I'm still traumatised over here.

Hathaway has a big year ahead of her but fans couldn't be more delighted by the news.

Taking to Twitter, one said: "All I heard was 'Anne Hathaway' and 'Witches' and I'm in," a second added.

Others have questioned whether she's up to the role, with one saying: "That's like singing a Celine Dion or Whitney Houston song. Likely it's gonna be rough."

Another added: "Hmm. I'll give it a chance. This movie was spine-tinglingly, terrifyingly, deliciously horrifying when I was a kid. Anjelica Huston was so so good. I'll never forget the way she said "I smell...children..." Scared me for years whenever I thought about it."

We can't wait to see what these guys do with the film.

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Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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