In a surprising bit of news, Cate Blanchett has decided to join Eli Roth’s upcoming adaptation of The House With A Clock In Its Walls.
Blanchett will join Jack Black, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is based on a John Bellairs book of the same name, and here’s a synopsis of the book:
Orphaned Lewis Barnavelt comes to live with his Uncle Jonathan and quickly learns that both his uncle and his next-door neighbor are witches on a quest to discover the terrifying clock ticking within the walls of Jonathan’s house. Can the three of them save the world from certain destruction?
Jack Black will play the uncle, and Cate Blanchett will play a character named Mrs. Zimmerman, who turns out to be a witch. It’s somewhat of an unexpected choice for Blanchett, although she does appear to be kickstarting a genre phase in her career given her villainous turn in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.
As for this film, well, there is the concern that Eli Roth is directing it. I’m still waiting on the dude to make a good movie, and don’t even try and come at me with Hostel. Have you watched that one again lately? Yeah, me neither.
There’s no release date attached to The House With A Clock In Its Walls yet, so stay tuned for more updates as they become available.