Sophia Lillis, who played young Beverly Marsh in Andy Muschietti’s It films, will be taking on another scary film role. This time, it involves a witch in the woods as she portrays Gretel in Gretel & Hansel, a supernatural horror reimagining of the Brothers Grimm tale called Hansel and Gretel.
Oz Perkins serves as director and co-writer with Rob Hayes. Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Dan Kagan are the producers. The film is set to come out on 31 January 2020.
Here’s the official teaser trailer of Gretel & Hansel:
The film is a twist of the classic folklore tale. In Gretel & Hansel, the titular characters search for work and food in the woods to help their poor parents. Gretel is described as a 16-year-old girl while Hansel is 8. Sam Leakey plays Hansel, marking this as his acting debut.
The siblings meet with a witch named Holda living in the woods, portrayed by Alice Krige. Eventually, the kids realise that something’s wrong there but it might be too late as Holda has already trapped them there. She even threatens them, saying, “I’d hate for you to start something you can’t stop.”
The teaser also shows glimpses of other characters, possibly other villagers in the area, who seem to be “off” themselves. Especially the guy who bangs his head into the table.
And what about that scene of someone pulling “something” (it was black) from a baby with their hand that has long sharp fingernails and face completely covered? That was creepy!
Gretel & Hansel isn’t the first film to have its own take on the classic folklore, so it’d be interesting to see how this one would stand out from the other versions.