“A fairy tale has a way of getting into your head,” promises the new Gretel & Hansel trailer. “Even before you hear it.” Directed by Osgood Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter, I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House), the upcoming adaptation of the classic cautionary story from the Brothers Grimm looks like it will leave a trail of breadcrumbs to the dark subconscious. And the oven hasn’t even been pre-heated.
While the house in the woods doesn’t look like it was made out of cake, Perkins promises the movie will be faithful to the original story while taking liberties with liberty.
“We tried to find a way to make it more of a coming-of-age story,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I wanted Gretel to be somewhat older than Hansel, so it didn’t feel like two 12-year-olds — rather a 16-year-old and an 8-year-old. There was more of a feeling like Gretel having to take Hansel around everywhere she goes, and how that can impede one’s own evolution, how our attachments and the things that we love can sometimes get in the way of our growth.”
Watch the Gretel & Hansel trailer below, and see what you think…
Orion Pictures’ film stars Sophia Lillis (It, It: Chapter Two) as Gretel, and Sammy Leakey as her hungry little brother. The huntsman is played by Charles Babalola. Holda, the culinary crone, is played by Alice Krige. The screenplay was written by Rob Hayes.