Anne Hathaway Pays Tribute To Original Grand High Witch Anjelica Huston

“A witch who dares to say I’m wrong will not be with us very long!”

So you better enjoy the first trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ reimagining of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches”, which sees Anne Hathaway assume the role of Grand High Witch from Anjelica Huston, who so iconically played the part in the 1990 adaptation.

As before, the story follows a young boy (Jahzir Bruno) who stumbles upon a secret convention of witches while on holiday with his grandmother (Octavia Spencer). Discovering that the Grand High Witch has brewed a potion that will turn children into mice, he sets out to thwart her evil plan – even if he must to do so as a rodent.

Chris Rock narrates the remake, which also stars Stanley Tucci and Kristin Chenoweth. Along with the trailer launch, Warner Bros. announced that “The Witches” will premiere exclusively on HBO Max on Oct. 22 in the U.S. and in cinemas in Canada.

After the trailer dropped, Hathaway paid tribute to the original Grand High Witch, Huston, with a touching Instagram post on Friday.

“Would you please take a moment to join me in celebrating Anjelica Huston’s flawless and iconic turn as The Grand High Witch?” Hathaway wrote. “Her performance is magnificent – witty, unforgettable, scary as hell and sheer perfection (the scene where she pushes the baby down the cliff still gives me chills to this day.) I just wanted to say, one AH to another, that I tip my wig to the O.G.G.H.W. Anjelica Huston.”

What isn’t fully revealed in the trailer is how Hathaway’s Grand High Witch will look sans her wig and disguise, whether she’ll hew closer to Huston’s look in the movie or what’s describe in Dahl’s novel. Huston would advise the latter.

“Just try to stay out of the rubber casings,” she told ET of the advice she’d give Hathaway. “My makeup took so long to do the Grand High Witch. I’m sure they have better ways to do it these days.”

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