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First look: “IT’s” Sophia Lillis in the half-the-title role of “GRETEL & HANSEL”

Monday, August 26, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

After essaying one of Stephen King’s most memorable young characters on screen, actress Sophia Lillis takes on a horrific variation on a classic fairy tale.

The first photo seen here has been issued of Lillis (IT’s Beverly Marsh) in GRETEL & HANSEL, coming from Orion Pictures January 31. Directed by Osgood Perkins (THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER) from a script by Rob Hayes, the movie also stars Sammy Leakey, Charles Babalola, Alice Krige (SLEEPWALKERS, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT) and Jessica De Gouw, and was produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (SINISTER, UPGRADE) and Fred Berger (DESTROYER). The synopsis: “A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl [Lillis] leads her little brother [Leakey] into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.