Orion Pictures released a first-look trailer for “Gretel & Hansel” on Wednesday morning, teasing the upcoming horror-thriller that is set to debut on January 31st. Osgood Perkins is directing the movie, which stars Sophia Lillis, Sammy Leakey, Charles Babalola, Alice Krige, and Jessica De Gouw. The film’s official description reads, “A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl (Sophia Lillis) leads her little brother (Sammy Leakey) into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.” This is the first teaser released by the studio.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger produced the movie, with Sandra Yee Ling and Macdara Kellehe serving as executive producers. Orion Pictures released the trailer on social media, telling fans, “The story you know hides a dark secret. From visionary director Oz Perkins comes a terrifying new twist on a classic tale.”
The thriller “The Rhythm Section” shares the same release day as “Gretel & Hansel” this winter. That movie features Blake Lively and Jude Law. January is a popular for months for thrillers, and the other films currently scheduled include “The Grudge” from Sony Pictures, and an untitled Blumhouse project.
Fans of Kristen Stewart can see her sci-fi thriller “Underwater” that month, along with “Run” with Sarah Paulson. Universal Pictures’ “The Turning” with Finn Wolfhard, Mackenzie Davis, and Brooklynn Prince, is also releasing in January.
The next big horror-thriller on the schedule is “IT: Chapter 2,” which releases on September 6th. Andres Muschietti directed that movie, and Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are returning for the sequel. The kids are older in the follow-up, and their characters are also played by James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Andy Bean. Bill Skarsgård is also returning to his role as Pennywise for the sequel.
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