Anne Hathaway will star in Warner Bros.’ “The Witches,” Robert Zemeckis’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1983 novel, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Hathaway will play the Grand High Witch, played by Anjelica Huston in the first adaptation of the children’s book in 1990. Zemeckis is directing and writing the script based on the book about a boy who stumbles across a coven of child-hating witches who secretly inhabit the world and is forced to stop them even after he’s been transformed into a mouse.
Zemeckis is producing with Jack Rapke via their ImageMovers banner, as well as with Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro.
Hathaway is currently filming an untitled movie about the DuPont chemical company alongside Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo. Hathaway recently starred in “Ocean’s 8” and will next be seen in this month’s “Serenity,” the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake called “The Hustle,” and just wrapped shooting on the Netflix drama, “The Last Thing He Wanted.”
Zemeckis is fresh off Universal’s” “Welcome to Marwen” starring Steve Carell.
Hathaway is repped by CAA and Management 360.
Variety was first to report.