Orion Pictures’ ) as The Hunter, and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow) as the cannibalistic witches who wish to make a meal of our youthful heroes. The headliner though is Lillis, who is fresh off her memorable turn as Beverly in last year’s horror blockbuster IT. Lillis will once again play the teen version of Bev in next year’s IT: Chapter Two, with Jessica Chastain portraying the adult iteration of the character. Lillis also appeared in this year’s acclaimed HBO series Sharp Objects, playing the teenage version of Amy Adams’ troubled journalist Camille. Indeed, after facing down memorable bad-mom Adora in Sharp Objects, Lillis finds herself battling evil child-devouring women in Gretel and Hansel.
It will be interesting to see what director Perkins, who has built a name for himself as a horror director, does with this new take on Hansel and Gretel. 2013’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters went for a more comedic tone, but did not make much of an impression. Of course, this whole recent trend of reimagining classic fairy tales with more intense action elements was kicked off by 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which went on to gross $396 million at the box office.
Gretel and Hansel does not yet have a release date.
Source: Orion Pictures