Warner Bros. has already felt the pandemic’s sting with the box office for Tenet, and they aren’t messing around with another of their biggest potential blockbusters of the year. Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of The Witches is moving from theatrical straight to HBO Max, and with the news comes the first official trailer.
The Witches is based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, and stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Rock, and newcomer Jahzir Kadeem Bruno. As if the promise of Hathaway in a flashy role as the Grand High Witch isn’t enough, the film features a script co-written by Guillermo Del Toro and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, with Alfonso Cuaron as a producer.
SYNOPSIS: Reimagining Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy (Bruno) who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma (Spencer) in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch (Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.
The Witches hits HBO Max on October 22nd.