‘The Witches’ remake with Anne Hathaway set for a surprise October debut on HBO Max

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Just in time for Halloween, the remake of the classic film, The Witches will be available on HBO Max later this month!

This morning Warner Bros and HBO Max announced the plan to bring the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches to the home screen instead of keeping its big screen debut postponed. The film, which stars Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer, was originally set to hit theaters this month but like so many others, was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, The Polar Express) has reimagined the 1973 children’s book which tells the tale of a young boy who stumbles upon a secret coven of witches. With the help of his loving grandmother, they must try to stop the coven’s evil plan to turn all the world’s children into mice.

Watch the trailer below!

Hathaway portrays the sly and dramatically menacing Grand High Witch originally played by Angelica Huston in the 1990 adaptation, while Spencer is the tough but tender grandma who will do anything for her grandson. The film also has Stanley Tucci as the hotel manager who unwittingly hosts the witches’ convention, Kristin Chenoweth in an unannounced role, and Jahzir Bruno as the young boy (voiced by Chris Rock as an adult).

In addition to directing, Zemeckis also wrote the screenplay with Kenya Barris and Guillermo del Toro. The previous adaptation mentioned above was famously cast aside by Dahl because it changed the book’s ending. Zemeckis’ version is said to be a more faithful adaptation.

The Witches will be available to stream on exclusively on HBO Max, October 22nd.

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