Sophia Lillis Gretel Hansel
Sophia Lillis Gretel Hansel

Orion has released the first Gretel & Hansel image. The upcoming adaptation of the classic fairy tale hails from Osgood “Oz” Perkin. The film promises a spooky reimagining of the story of a brother and sister who go into the woods only to find evil waiting for them.

Gretel & Hansel retells the fairy tale more from Gretel’s perspective. With IT and Sharp Objects‘ Sophia Lillis playing a slightly older than usual Gretel. Sammy Leakey will play as her younger brother Hansel. Filming got underway in November 2018. Lillis and Leakey are joined by Alice Krige , Charles Babalola and Jessica De Gouw in the cast. Now, Orion Pictures has started pulling the curtain back on the movie.

Given its lack of big name actors it makes sense for Gretel & Hansel to open at a less competitive time like late January. The film will open directly against Blake Lively’s assassin thriller The Rhythm Section. Also it will have to face some competition from the horror crowd. Still, if word of mouth is good, Gretel & Hansel should be able to attract a decent-sized audience that’s in the mood for a scarier spin on the all too familiar cautionary tale about not trusting strangers.

Check out the first Gretel & Hansel image below. The film opens January 31, 2020.

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