Kate McKinnon to Star as a Lunch Lady Who’s Also a Witch in…’The Lunch Witch’


Kate McKinnon, after having used her giddy, unpredictable energy to light up many an uninspiring comedy (a category Office Christmas Party, out December 9, looks like it’ll comfortably fit into) and win an Emmy by so doing, has now landed a starring role in a movie. That role is as the lunch witch in The Lunch Witch, about a witch, who serves lunch.

As Deadline reports, McKinnon will be playing a witch named Grunhilda, in a world where magic has long been forgotten. Per the official description of the children’s book by Deb Lucke on which it’s based, her “only useful skill is cooking up potfuls of foul brew,” but she finally “finds a job listing that might suit her.” She thereby assumes the titular role, and though she “delights in” doing witchy things to scare kids, she begins to become close with a young outcast girl who may or may not be able “to thaw the Lunch Witch’s icy heart” and teach her all about friendship.

The film is being directed by Clay Kaytis, who (sorry) co-directed the Angry Birds movie, in which McKinnon performed (vocally, of course). Since as yet there’s not much else that’s known about the project (who’ll play the girl? who’ll play the lunch?), allow me to direct you to Flavorwire’s list of 12 Film and TV Birds Who Were Angry First.