“SNL” Star Cast in Adaptation of Local Artist’s Book

Comedian Kate McKinnon will anchor The Lunch Witch

By Alison Rooney

There was more good news this week for Deb Lucke, the Cold Spring author and artist who was profiled Oct. 9 in The Current after the rights to her best-selling graphic novel, The Lunch Witch, were acquired by Amblin’ Partners to create a live-action film. Kate McKinnon, best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, has agreed to star in the film, which will be directed by Clay Kaytis, who previously co-directed The Angry Birds.

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live (NBC photo)

McKinnon, who has seen a lot of airtime on SNL portraying Hillary Clinton, starred in the recent all-female remake of Ghostbusters. She will take the role of Grunhilda, an out-of-work witch who takes a job in a school cafeteria.

“Who knew my doodles would have the power to turn a beautiful and talented young actress into a mean, old hag?” Lucke wrote in an email. “It’s almost as if I cast a spell! I can’t wait to see what she does with the character.”

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