Bellair's original novel was a gothic fantasy style adventure, albeit one aimed at a younger audience. The story centers around young orphan Lewis Barnavelt, who is forced to move in with his enigmatic warlock uncle, Jonathan (Jack Black). Lewis soon finds himself embroiled in preventing a magical plot to destroy the world but must still contend with the everyday difficulties of being the new kid in town.
Although production on The House With A Clock In Its Walls is still in the very early stages, Variety has reported that Cate Blanchett is in talks to join the cast. There are no details on who the actress will be playing or any further names announced as appearing other than Black.
If Blanchett is indeed confirmed to be playing Florence, it'll be far from the first time that the actress has portrayed a powerful and magical character, having brought Galadriel to life in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Blanchett's more recent role as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok may also be good practice for the role as although one character is good and the other is evil, both are authoritative and formidable fantasy creations. Certainly then, it seems as if Cate Blanchett would be a perfect fit for The House With A Clock In Its Walls.
The House With A Clock In Its Walls is currently without a release date.