The Witches are coming this Halloween

13th October 2020

Warner Bros. will make Robert Zemeckis’s reimagined “Roald Dahl’s The Witches” available to rent on Premium Video On Demand (PVOD) in the UK from 26th October, just in time for Halloween. The film will be available to watch instantly for a 48-hour rental from participating digital retailers.

Reimagining the beloved Roald Dahl story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma 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 has gathered her fellow witches from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.

The film stars Oscar winners Anne Hathaway (Les Misérable, Ocean’s 8) and Octavia Spencer (The Help, Onward), Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci (Supernova, The Lovely Bones), with Kristin Chenoweth (Glee and BoJack Horseman) and award-winning comedy legend Chris Rock.  Newcomer Jahzir Kadeem Bruno also stars, alongside Codie-Lei Eastick.

Based on the book by Roald Dahl, the screenplay is by Robert Zemeckis & Kenya Barris and Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro.  Zemeckis is also producing, alongside Jack Rapke, del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Luke Kelly.  Serving as executive producers are Jacqueline Levine, Marianne Jenkins, Michael Siegel, Gideon Simeloff and Cate Adams.

Zemeckis’s behind-the-scenes team includes his frequent collaborators, including Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (Forrest Gump), production designer Gary Freeman, editors Jeremiah O’Driscoll and Ryan Chan, Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston (Allied, Lincoln), and Oscar-nominated composer Alan Silvestri.

The Witches is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation of a Image Movers/Necropia/Experanto Filmoj Production. Rated PG for scary images/moments, language and thematic elements.


(L-r) JAHZIR BRUNO as Hero Boy and OCTAVIA SPENCER as Grandma and STANLEY TUCCI as Mr. Stringer in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure “ROALD DAHL’S THE WITCHES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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