Date: 17th January 2019
Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros' "The Witches" adaptation.
Variety first reported that Hathaway was holding the offer for both that and "Sesame Street", and at the time, scheduling for both films were holding up dealmaking. With those issues settled, Hathaway is now set to star in the role originally portrayed by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 classic.
Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a 7-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.
Source: Press Release