‘The Witches’: Anne Hathaway Reunites with Her ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Co-Star for the Spooky New HBO Movie
The Witches, HBO Max’s new star-studded film, features Anne Hathaway and her The Devil Wears Prada co-star Stanley Tucci. The two actors reunited on-screen after 14 years. And according to Hathaway, they were all laughs and giggles on set.
Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci starred in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’
In the 2006 award-winning comedy-drama, The Devil Wears Prada, Hathaway portrays Andrea “Andy” Sachs, an aspiring journalist who lands a job as a personal assistant to Meryl Streep’s intimidating character, Miranda Priestly. Tucci plays Nigel Kipling, an art director who helps Andy navigate her new fashion magazine position.
The film earned two Academy Award nominations for three Golden Globe nods, including a Best Actress win for Streep. At the time of its release, The Devil Wears Prada was Hathaway’s biggest box office success, earning over $326.5 million worldwide.
‘The Devil Wears Prada’ stars reunite for ‘The Witches’
Hathaway and Tucci bring their on-screen chemistry back to life in The Witches. The new HBO Max film follows the story of an orphaned boy who accidentally encounters an evil coven of witches while staying at a hotel with his grandmother.
Hathaway takes on the role of Lilith, the coven’s Grand High Witch who plans to turn all children into vermin. Tucci plays Mr. Stringer, a hotel manager oblivious to the coven’s evil agenda. Award-winning actors Octavia Spencer, Kristen Chenowith, and Chris Rock also star in the Robert Zemeckis film.
Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci were all laughs on the set of ‘The Witches’
In a recent interview with People, Hathaway talked about her new villainous role as Lilith. She noted that it took a lot of work to turn her into the eccentric, larger-than-life character.
“The Grand High Witch was a total collaboration between costumes, hair and make-up, the writers, my dialect coach, the effects department, stunts, [director] Bob Zemeckis and myself,” The Witches star explained. “She is such a weirdo — so silly and over the top — and everyone had to work together to be on the same page, so it felt big and entertaining but never too much.”
Hathaway hasn’t worked with Tucci for over a decade. But she revealed that their reunion was seamless, and the two picked up right where they left off.
“So much has changed in each of our lives,” Hathaway said of Tucci. “But he is still the same wry, funny, sweet person he was then. He was always getting me to laugh and break character on The Devil Wears Prada, so I felt really proud when I got him to giggle and break with my accent on The Witches.”
The Witches did not get a theatrical release due to pandemic restrictions. The film, which premiered on Oct. 22, is currently streaming on HBO Max.