Stanley Tucci has been added to the cast of Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’.
Also joining Tucci on the cast is comedian Chris Rock. Both Tucci and Rock join the already cast Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, the role previously played by Angelica Houston in the 1990 classic, and Octavia Spencer who will play the role of the grandmother of the main character Bruno.
It has been reported that the new version will be staying closer to the novel than the 1990 offering which was merely a loose adaptation. The film follows a seven-year-old boy (Bruno) who has a run-in with real-life witches.
Zemeckis, as well as directing, will also pen the script. He will also serve as producer with his partner Jack Rapke through their banner ImageMovers, along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro.
Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel is set partly in Norway and partly in the United Kingdom, and features the experiences of a young British boy and his Norwegian grandmother in a world where child-hating societies of witches secretly exist in every country. The witches are all ruled by the extremely vicious and powerful Grand High Witch, who in the story has just arrived in England to organise her worst plot ever. But an elderly former witch hunter and her young grandson find out about the evil plan and now they must do everything to stop it and defeat the witches.