After taking a two-year hiatus from her career, Hathaway returned to Hollywood for a big blockbuster project. As a spin-off and sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s hit “Ocean” trilogy, director Gary Ross directed “Ocean’s 8” in 2018, a heist film centering around Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s sister.
Sandra Bullock plays Debbie, and Ross wanted the rest of the all-female con group to be played by a star-studded cast, including Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays Daphne Kluger, a famous and narcissistic artist who helps pull a heist at the Met Gala. Her glamorous co-stars included Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Her Colossal Adventure
In 2016, a script came into Hathaway’s hands, and she unexpectedly loved it. It was unlike anything she’d ever worked on, but the story gripped her immediately. It was Nacho Vigalondo’s sci-fi dark comedy “Colossal.” The film follows a struggling writer named Gloria (played by Hathaway), who is forced to move back to her hometown when she can’t find work and can no longer afford her extravagant New York lifestyle.
However, as she returns home, she gets news about a terrible monster that is decimating Seoul, and as the movie goes on, we come to realize Gloria is intimately linked to this terrible creature. When Hathaway told Vigalondo she wanted the role, the film had no financial backing and was considered a risk by big studios, but that didn’t bother the Oscar-winning actress. The film was a critical success but didn’t even gross enough to cover its budget.
A Sci-Fi Fan
One of the reasons that Hathaway agreed to star in “Colossal” was the fact that the script reminded her of one of her favorite movies – the 1999 mind-bending film “Being John Malkovich,” which is considered a Hollywood classic until this very day.
The actress said that she was drawn to the genre-hopping nature of the script, claiming that she was an avid fan of a good science fiction story. And apparently, Hathaway wasn’t the only A-list celebrity who didn’t mind the project not having financial backing. Jason Sudeikis and Tim Blake Nelson also signed on to the project after reading the script.
A Busy Year
After starring in 2018’s “Ocean’s 8”, Hathaway had a very busy 2019, taking up roles in thrillers like “Serenity,” comedies like “The Hustle,” and legal dramas like “Dark Waters,” in which she played Mark Ruffalo’s wife. She also starred in an episode of the Amazon Prime anthology series “Modern Love.”
Hathaway played Lexi Donohoe in episode three of “Modern Love” and was acclaimed for her sensitive performance of a person with bipolar disorder. The beginning of the decade, however, started off on the right foot, with Hathaway landing a lead role in the political thriller “The Last Thing He Wanted,” based on Joan Didion’s novel of the same name.
Starring in “The Witches”
In 2020, Hathaway landed a big role in a Robert Zemeckis film adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel “The Witches.” She played the Grand High Witch, the most powerful and evil witch that rules all the witches in the world. She starred alongside Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and a slew of other actors.
Despite its amazing visuals, the film got mixed reviews from critics, many saying that the script didn’t stay faithful to the book, unlike the first film adaptation in 1990. Unfortunately, the film was also a commercial failure, but it still gave Hathaway a chance to play a famous book character.