HBO Max just released the trailer for the new adaptation of The Witches, and it just might save Halloween!
The Witches, which originated as a children's book by Roald Dahl, joins other classic stories such as James and the Giant Peach and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as it receives a new film adaptation.
The film, which was originally supposed to be released in theaters this month, will instead go straight to streaming due to the effects of theater shutdowns in response to COVID-19. Still, the star-studded cast and witty story should be enough to pull in high viewership. Cast members include starring roles played by Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci, as well as many featured roles played by Morgana Robinson, Kristin Chenoweth, and Chris Rock to name a few.
You may remember another scary version of the story as a film adaptation was produced in 1990. For that project, the legendary Jim Henson's Creature Shop was hired on to bring the special effects to life. This go-around, horror legend Guillermo del Toro served as a writer to ensure the project lives up to the predecessor.
Watch a clip from the original 1990 adaptation:
This iconic scene will be updated soon. If you were around in the 90s and had a TV, you most likely saw #TheWitches… https://t.co/uPyTYWOU3O— Luiz Fernando (@Luiz Fernando)1601647009.0
That's going to be one tough act to follow. Anne Hathaway will be walking in the footsteps of Angelica Huston whom played the leading role decades ago.
Already, the film's release is trending on twitter!
Anne Hathaway doing wig reveals in The Witches trailer hits harder than morning coffee yeah https://t.co/I3en9Se65w— Joey Nolfi (@Joey Nolfi)1601648765.0
It looks like the film could possibly bring us a few memes.
One Twitter user pointed out these cool images of Anne Hathaway and Stanely Tucci together playing roles in another film...
Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci Iconic duo since 2006 https://t.co/mi5mmOzJbt— laura ✨ (@laura ✨)1601650902.0
On the left: Hathaway and Tucci in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), On the left: The Witches (2020).
Another Twitter user took the opportunity to highlight just how many legendary actors make up this cast...
@hbomax Don't mind that I do a headcount right here Academy Award Winner Robert Zemeckis Academy Award Winner Gui… https://t.co/cxjbbuRMLq— Jayden Marvel (@Jayden Marvel)1601648339.0
Thats a lot of Academy awards! We can't wait to step back into the world of Roald Dahl when The Witches premiers October 22nd! For now, we'll have to settle for the trailer.
Watch the official trailer now!
What are your thoughts?? Could this film full of award winners get a nomination of its own? Let us know what you think!
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