Orion Pictures’ Gretel and Hansel release date set for 2020
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Orion Pictures has officially set the release date for their upcoming fantasy thriller film Gretel and Hansel. Starring It breakout star Sophia Lillis as one of the titular characters, the film is scheduled to hit theaters next year on January 31, 2020.
Another twist on the classic brothers Grimm tale, Gretel and Hansel is set a long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside and will tell the tale of a young girl who leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
The film is written by Rob Hayes (Chewing Gum) and will be directed by Osgood Perkins, who is most known for writing and directing horror films The Blackcoat’s Daughter starring Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka and I Am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House starring Ruth Wilson.
Gretel and Hansel will also star Sammy Leakey (MotherFatherSon) as Hansel, Alice Krige (Silent Hill) as Holda, Jessica De Gouw (Arrow) as young Holda, and Charles Babalola (The Legend of Tarzan) as The Hunter.
Lillis found her breakout performance in last year’s adaptation of the Stephen King classic It as abused pre-teen Beverly Marsh, earning widespread praise for her vulnerable performance, and is set to reprise the role in the sequel that is set to premiere this year on September 6. She also appeared in the highly-acclaimed HBO miniseries adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Sharp Objects as a younger version of Amy Adams’ Camille Preaker.
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