Move aside, Anjelica Huston.
Move aside, Anjelica Huston, there’s a new witch in town. HBO Max debuted the first trailer for The Witches, a new film based on Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book of the same name, and a pseudo re-imagining of the famous — and terrifying — 1990 adaptation. Anne Hathaway is taking over for Huston as Grand High Witch, and while the tone of the movie seems a bit lighter than the old version, the actor is just as delightfully wicked. Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci round out the cast of The Witches, which had originally been slated for a theatrical release, but will now hit HBO Max just in time for Halloween, on Thursday, Oct. 22.
In the same vein as the original story, The Witches will follow a young orphaned boy (Jahzir Kadeen Bruno) who moves in with his loving grandmother (Spencer) in rural Alabama in late 1967. When the two decide to vacation at a seaside resort, the boy encounters a coven of witches led by none other than the Grand High Witch (Hathaway). The coven has gathered for a conference and plans to carry out some sinister plans against children everywhere. The film also stars Kristin Chenoweth, Codie-Lei Eastick, and Chris Rock as the brave young boy’s narrator slash internal monologue.
Hathaway gives Huston a run for her money in the bewitching trailer. There’s no telling if her antagonist will have the same memorable face-removing scene as her iconic predecessor, but the clip with her wig removed — nefarious potion in tow — suggests that it’s a pretty wicked possibility.
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