"It" actress to face a different kind of evil in fairy tale movie

Florey DM

Sophia Lillis in her breakout role as Beverly Marsh in 2017's "It".

6 Oct – Ever since young actress Sophia Lillis faced up to evil in the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's "It", the 16-year-old has been landing lead roles in various big screen titles.

The latest is as the titular girl in "Hansel and Gretel", according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The fantasy thriller is a reimagining of the Brothers Grimm tale about a young girl and her little brother who wander deep into a dark wood, desperately looking for food and work. Instead there they stumble upon 'a nexus of terrifying evil', as the official synopsis describes.

Osgood Perkins ("The Blackcoat's Daughter", "I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House"), who co-wrote the script with Rob Hayes, will be helming the movie for Orion Pictures.


Production is set to begin this fall in Ireland.

This is the fifth movie Lillis will be starring in since "It". She will be reprising her role as Beverly Marsh in 2019's "It: Chapter Two" and that same year, she will be seen as the eponymous young sleuth in "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase".

She will also be starring alongside Naomi Watts in "The Burning Season" and playing a girl called Ally in "Before I Sleep". Like "Hansel and Gretel", both movies currently have no release dates set.

Lillis was most recently seen portraying the younger version of Amy Adams' character Camille Preaker in HBO miniseries "Sharp Objects".