We’ve been curious about Robert Zemeckis’ remake of The Witches since it was first announced. Details suggested a brand new, Americanized take on the classic Roald Dahl children’s book. Would that actually work? It’s a pretty big departure, so it’s hard to tell. But luckily, we’ll soon get to judge for ourselves.
HBO Max announced today that Zemeckis’ The Witches will be available to stream on its app on October 22, ahead of an overseas theatrical release on October 23. And now we even have a trailer, giving us our first official look at Anne Hathaway in action as the Grand High Witch. Let’s check it out!
It certainly looks like a Robert Zemeckis movie. And it’s clear Anne Hathaway is having a lot of fun hamming it up in her role. Here’s the official synopsis for The Witches from HBO Max:
Reimagining Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.
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The Witches stars the aforementioned Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Rock, Jahzir Kadeem Bruno, and Codie-Lei Eastick. Zemeckis co-wrote the screenplay with Kenya Barris and Guillermo del Toro. Jack Rapke, del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Luke Kelly are all producers, along with Zemeckis. The film is rated PG for “scary images/moments, language and thematic elements.”
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