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.
Through the Looking Glass
In 2016, Hathaway reprised her role as the mysterious White Queen in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” – a sequel to Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” directed by James Bobin. The film included most of the first film’s cast, with some added talents like Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, and Stephen Fry.
The plot follows Alice as she tries to save Wonderland and the Mad Hatter from the evil Red Queen and enlists the help of the White Queen and other friends. The movie didn’t quite take among critics, and audiences seemed to prefer the first one, but in terms of finances, the film amassed over double its budget.
The Princess That Never Was
In March of 2016, news came out about the release of “The Princess Diaries 3.” The project was in development, and Hathaway was set to reprise her beloved role. Sadly, the script was shelved when director Gary Marshall passed away in July of that year due to pneumonia complications at age 81.
Since Marshall had directed the first two films and was the brains behind the script of the third, it made sense that he was the one to direct it. When that was no longer an option, things fell apart. Marshall was a groundbreaking director with many friends in the industry who paid beautiful tributes at his funeral, and Hathaway was one of them.
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 Big Comeback
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.