Last month, we told you that Anne Hathaway had signed on to play the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis‘ The Witches, a new adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel that was also adapted by Nicolas Roeg back in 1990. Variety reports today that Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) has also joined the cast.
Jahzir Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick are also in talks, the site reports. They detail, “Spencer will play the grandmother of Bruno’s character, and Eastick is portraying the other boy who has a run in with the Witches.”
The film will be set in the Gothic South in the 1960s with Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron producing.
The Witches follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Roeg film was a loose adaptation.
The new adaptation arrives in theaters on October 16th, 2020.