Cate Blanchett in Talks to Join Jack Black in Eli Roth’s “The House With a Clock In Its Walls”

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Two-time Oscar winner is nearing a deal to join Jack Black in Eli Roth’s , the Tracking Board has confirmed.

Eric Kripke (Supernatural) is adapting the 1973 gothic horror novel, which was written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment has teamed with Mythology Entertainment on the project, which follows a recently orphaned young boy who moves into his uncle’s old house, where he discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic and danger.

It turns out that the boy’s uncle (Black) is a mediocre witch, and if Blanchett’s deal closes, she’ll play a witch too.

Mythology’s Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt will produce with Kripke, while William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg and Laeta Kalogridis will serve as executive producers.

Blanchett next stars in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, which hits theaters in November. Now that the Australian actress’ kids are of movie-watching age, she has reportedly sought out family-friendly projects that might interest children. Of course, we’ll have to see if Blanchett can fit Clock into her busy schedule, as she’s also supposed to play Lucille Ball in the upcoming Amazon film Lucy and Desi.

Blanchett is currently filming Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go Bernadette, and next summer she’ll be seen alongside Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway in Ocean’s Eight. She’s represented by , and her potential casting was first reported by Variety.

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