Oscar winner Anne Hathaway has been roped in for a major role in Robert Zemeckis’ film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book The Witches. Backed by Warner Bros, the project will be produced by Oscar-winning directors Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro was earlier attached to direct the project but had to step aside due to scheduling conflicts, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The book follows a boy who stumbles upon a coven of child-hating witches he must stop, even though he has been turned into a mouse. Hathaway, 36, is set to play the role of Grand Witch. The book was previously adapted by Warner Bros into a 1990 film, starring Anjelica Huston as Grand Witch. Zemeckis will pen the script for the new film along with his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke. They will also co-produce the feature. Hathaway is currently awaiting the release of thriller Serenity, which reunites her with Interstellar co-star Matthew McConaughey. She will also be seen in the comedy The Hustle and Netflix drama The Last Thing He Wanted. Published in Daily Times, January 18th 2019.