Kate McKinnon Will Play Grunhilda in The Lunch Witch Graphic Novel Adaptation


I wasn’t familiar with the book The Lunch Witch is based on but I’m already all in for Kate McKinnon as a witch.

Deadline reports the Saturday Night Live star is “set to play the title role in The Lunch Witch for Amblin Entertainment. Based on the Deb Lucke’s YA novel, the comedy will be directed by Angry Birds co-helmer Clay Kaytis, who’ll make his live-action directing debut.”

Oddly enough the report doesn’t mention The Lunch Witch is actually a graphic novel, written and illustrated by Lucke and published by Papercutz. Here’s the summary.

For generations and generations, the women of Grunhilda’s family have stirred up trouble in a big, black pot. Grunhilda inherits her famous ancestors’ recipes and cauldron, but no one believes in magic anymore. Despite the fact that Grunhilda’s only useful skill is cooking up potfuls of foul brew, she finds a job listing that might suit her: lunch lady. She delights in scaring the kids until she meets Madison, a girl with thick glasses and unfinished homework who doesn’t fit in. The two outsiders recognize each other. Madison needs help at school and at home, but helping people goes against everything Grunhilda’s believes in as a witch! Will this girl be able to thaw the Lunch Witch’s icy heart? Or will Grunhilda turn her back on a kindred spirit?

You can check out a preview here. I’m curious to see how they’ll dress McKinnon up for this one.


Here’s a series of videos of the creator discussing her work plus some great animations.

[Editor’s Note: affiliate link] If you’re interested in purchasing the book you can do so here.