She would star alongside Jack Black in the big screen version of the gothic horror novel

By Derek Lawrence
August 15, 2017 at 09:34 PM EDT
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Cate Blanchett is on the verge of scaring up a role in The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

EW has confirmed the Oscar winner is in talks to join Jack Black in Eli Roth’s adaptation of author John Bellairs’ 1973 gothic horror novel. Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is set to pen the script.

The story centers on a recently orphaned boy who encounters magic and danger when he’s sent to live with his mysterious uncle. Played by Black, the uncle turns out to be a mediocre, but good-intentioned witch. Blanchett would star as Mrs. Zimmerman, neighbor and friend to Black’s character, as well as a more powerful witch.

The Museum of Modern Art's 8th Annual Film Benefit Honoring Cate Blanchett
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The latest role joins the list of exciting upcoming projects for The Lord of the Rings alum, which includes Ocean’s 8 and a Lucille Ball biopic for Amazon. Blanchett will next be seen as the villainous Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.

Variety first reported the news.