The trailer for The Witches remake starring Anne Hathaway has landed

The actress looks pretty terrifying as the Grand High Witch!

Anne hathaway stars in the witches
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Roald Dahl’s popular children’s tale The Witches is getting a film remake and the trailer has just landed.

Most people will be familiar with the classic film from 1990, directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Anjelica Huston as the terrifying Grand High Witch.

But this new adaptation from Robert Zemeckis (known for movies such as The Polar Express and Death Becomes Her) sees Anne Hathaway take on the iconic role of the Grand High Witch

The wider cast of The Witches is made up of cinematic legends including Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci (who previously starred with Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada), Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Rock and newcomer Jahzir Kadeem Bruno.

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Set to land on 22nd October on HBO Max, Roald Dahl’s imaginative tale tells the story of a young boy who discovers a group of witches who want to turn children into mice. With the help of his grandmother, he hatches a plan to defeat them.

The film was supposed to be released in cinemas but, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’ll now be available for streaming online.

Perhaps one of the most terrifying moments from the book (and the first film) is when the Grand High Witch transforms from her prim and proper appearance into her truly ghastly witch aesthetic.

Viewers get a glimpse of Anne Hathaway's transformation in the trailer - the actress previously told People that the Grand High Witch was a "total collaboration" between various on-set departments.

She explained, “She was a total collaboration between costumes, hair and make-up, the writers, my dialect coach, the effects department, stunts, [director] Bob Zemeckis and myself.”

“Everyone had to work together to be on the same page so it felt big and entertaining but never too much.”

It’s also worth pointing out that the new adaptation promises to be more true to the original story in Roald Dahl’s book, rather than the 90s film.

We can’t wait to see it!

Lizzie Thomson is a regular contributor to woman&home, and also contributes to, Ideal Home, Culture Trip, and Evening Standard, covering all things lifestyle.