Variety reports Academy Award-winner Anne Hathaway has signed on to star in Warner Bros.’ upcoming reimagining of the beloved 90s film “The Witches” by the late Nicolas Roeg.
Robert Zemeckis is set to direct the film based on the original 1973 novel by the same name. The Oscar-winning helmer behind “Forrest Gump” will also writ the screenplay. Hathaway is said to be taking over the role of Grand High Witch, which veteran actress Anjelica Huston made popular in the previous version.
The trade also noted that sources close to the project believe the new film will much more faithful to the source material than Roeg’s take. Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro will serve as producers alongside Zemeckis’ longtime partner Jack Rapke via their company, ImageMovers.
Hathaway was most recently seen in the female-led “Ocean’s 8” as part of a star-studded cast that included pop superstar Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina, and Mindy Kaling.
She will next appear in Steven Knight’s “Serenity.” Hathway stars opposite Matthew McConaughey as a woman seeking to hire her ex-husband to perpetrate a violent act against her current partner. The thriller also stars Diane Lane and Jeremy Strong and will be released in theaters this month.
Zemeckis’ latest release “Welcome to Marwen,” which opened in late December, was a critical and box-office flop grossing just over $10 million on a $39 million budget. The movie features impressive digital effects and is based on the documentary “Marwencol” about the life of photographer Mark Hogancamp. It starred Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, and Eiza Gonzalez.