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First Look At New Movie Adaptation Of Roald Dahl’s 'The Witches' Starring Anne Hathaway

First Look At New Movie Adaptation Of Roald Dahl’s 'The Witches' Starring Anne Hathaway

Those who were giddy with excitement upon hearing that The Witches is being rebooted, guess what? We finally have the trailer. Eeek!

Warner Bros has shared the trailer for the remake of the 1990 dark fantasy, based on the children's book of the same name by Road Dahl - and it's upped the excitement levels x10.

You can watch it here:

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In it, we see Anne Hathaway in role as the Grand High Witch, one which was originally played iconically by Anjelica Huston, as well as Octavia Spencer in role as the young boy's doting grandma.

The trailer also gives us a first look at Stanley Tucci, Hathaway's former Devil Wear's Prada co-star, as the hotel manager who unwittingly hosts the witches' convention.

Newcomer Jahzir Bruno plays young boy lead (named Luke in the original movie) with comedian Chris Rock voicing him as an adult, while Codie-Lei Eastick plays Bruno Jenkins.

As expected, the reboot features a lot more CGI to satisfy a 2020 audience.

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Anne Hathaway stars as the Grand High Witch (Credit: Warner Bros)
Anne Hathaway stars as the Grand High Witch (Credit: Warner Bros)

The movie is being rebooted by Warner Bros and Forest Gump and Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis, while he and Kenya Barris write the script, with Jack Rapke, Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro tagging on as producers.

As well as going us a trailer, Warner Bros confirmed today that the movie is landing exclusively on HBO Max on 22nd October.

While HBO Max isn't currently available in the UK, Radio Times report the film is landing in UK cinemas even earlier on 16th October - just in time for Halloween!

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Alongside the trailer, Warner Bros also shared a first look poster which shows Anne Hathaway centre stage as the glamorous Grand High Witch.

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Based on the children's book one the same name by Road Dahl, the 1990 dark fantasy comedy told the story of evil witches who masquerade as ordinary women and kill children.

We know a whole lot about the plot yet, but Variety report Zemeckis wants it to be closer to Roald Dahl's original tale than the 1990 movie, directed by Nicolas Roeg.

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Famously, Dahl famously called the original movie "utterly appalling" - so we're hoping Zemeckis has better luck.

According to RoaldDahl.com, the main difference between the Roeg's film and the book is the ending. "In the book, there is no spell cast to change the boy's state back to what it was before the witches found him."

Stanley Tucci and Octavia Spencer also star (Credit: Warner Bros)
Stanley Tucci and Octavia Spencer also star (Credit: Warner Bros)

The 1990 film also give its central character the name Luke, whereas in the book the boy and his grandmother remain nameless.

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As for what to expect style-wise, perhaps director Robert Zemeckis's previous films can give us a hint at what's to come.

The famed director and producer is responsible for classics such The Polar Express, Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, and Oscar-winning Forest Gump - so you can bet we're in for something brilliant.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

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